Manuel Pellegrini may be preparing to leave Manchester City but he will be leaving as a winner, before Pep Guardiola takes his place at Etihad Stadium.
City defeated Liverpool on penalties to take the spoils and the encounter was understandably tense throughout, despite City possessing an air of authority with their big-name experienced individuals.
Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho opened the scoring with a powerful yet narrow-angled low drive, as Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet received immediate scrutiny. However Liverpool pulled level in the 83rd minute with an opportunistic goal from Philippe Coutinho after Adam Lallana had hit the post.
As extra time played out it was clear that the demanding Wembley pitch had took its toll on the majority of both teams’ players, although sharp-eyed striker Sergio Aguero had two good openings in which he could not benefit from.
City ‘s pre-maligned goalkeeper Willy Caballero proved to be the hero of the day as he made three outstanding saves from the penalty spot, consequently allowing City to register a 3-1 score line in the shootout.
Fernandinho missed his penalty to hand Liverpool an early incentive, but along with Caballero’s lionhearted antics successful spot kicks from Jesus Navas, Aguero and Yaya Touré meant that the trophy was bound for the blue half of Manchester.
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