Raheem Sterling scored the winning penalty as Manchester City beat Chelsea to defend the Carabao Cup at Wembley.
After a goalless 120 minutes on Sunday, City eventually prevailed 4-3 on spot-kicks to win their sixth League Cup title, the second-most of any club behind Liverpool (8).
Despite the lack of goals the game was not without its drama, and there will be discussion for some while to come over Kepa Arrizabalaga’s refusal to be substituted for Willy Caballero shortly before the shootout.
Kepa saved one penalty from Leroy Sane, but City converted their other four and Jorginho and David Luiz both missed to leave Maurizio Sarri still without a trophy in his managerial career and Pep Guardiola’s side one trophy down on the potential journey to a quadruple.
Sarri was furious and stormed down the tunnel. He returned soon after but still had to be ushered away from a confrontation with Sarri by Antonio Rudiger as the players prepared for the sport kicks.
Chelsea started with the same formation that earned them a 2-0 victory over Manchester City in the league at Stamford Bridge- namely the false no9. Again Eden Hazard was sacrificed to play that lone role.
The tactic worked as the Blues managed to continue lacklustre City for the first 45 minutes and the Londoners dominated the second period.
Extra-time seemed inevitably and it’s was and penalty kicks to boot.
Chelsea thought they had a clear case for a foul on N’Golo Kante on 10 minutes, after he latched onto a long ball by David Luiz. Oleksandr Zinchenko appeared to have nudged the Frenchman over, but referee Jon Moss decided there was no infringement. Had he given a foul, the centre-back could well have been sent off as the last man.
After what seemed eternal possession by City, they finally foraged a chance on 23 minutes, Bernardo Silva sending over a deep cross for Sergio Aguero. The Argentina striker took a touch before letting fly. Thankfully for the Chelsea fans, the ball sailed high over Kepa Arrizabalaga’s crossbar.
Was on target on 28 minutes, but his edge of the penalty area, low shot, was scuffed and easily held by the diving Kepa.
David Luiz went in to Moss’s book for a clumsy and late challenge on Bernardo Silva on 31 minute