Manchester City more than made up for their absence in the Premier League over the weekend as they lift the League cup by beating Liverpool on penalties in Wembley.
Drawing 1-1 at normal time, Fernandinho had brought City ahead before half time thanks to and error from Reds keeper Simon Mignolet. Then, clear misses from Raheem Sterling failed to provide City with goals cushion, allowing Phillipe Coutinho to level the game late on.
Both sides performed entertainingly during extra time, and the game soon extended into penalties. In what was nail biting shootout, Fernandinho hits the woodwork for City’s opener before Sergio Aguero and Jesus Navras went on target to beat Mignolet.
On the other hand, City’s second-choice keeper Willy Caballero more than made up for conceding one to Emre Can’s rather impolite wedge ball, and dramatically saved penalties from Lucas, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana.
Being selected ahead of Joe Hart, the 34-year-old rewarded the faith of City manager Manuel Pellegrini in spades. Furthermore, it was not an easy choice for Pellegrini to field Caballero either; there was that poor performance on his part during the club’s 5-1 defeat and elimination by Chelsea in the FA cup.
But as Pellegrini put it, City did not manage to convert much of their chances during normal time, and Raheem Sterling’s indecisiveness in front of goal was a key factor to that problem. It is clear, that even with the three trophies since he took charge of City, Pellegrini has his work cut out to improve City’s Premier League title chances before his tenure ends.