Manuel Pellegrini will now leave Manchester City with a trophy under his belt. City edged past Liverpool in the penalty shoot-out to clinch the Capital One Cup at Wembley after regulation time dished out 1-1 draw.
Pellegrini is set to exit as City manager at the end of this season, making way for Pep Guardiola, who’s currently with Bayern Munich.
City custodian Willy Caballero starred in the show by saving three penalties from Lucas Leiva, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana. Yaya Toure’s winning penalty-kick secured a 3-1 win for Manchester City in the tie-breaker.
After a barren first half, Brazilian Fernandinho gave City the lead from a rebound as the ball slipped from Simon Mignolet’s grasp. Liverpool enjoyed much of possession in the first session as Pellegrini’s men banked on counter-attack, according to ABC. Sergio Aguero’s shot was saved by Mignolet.
The second half witnessed more direct football. City drew first blood four minutes into the second half. Liverpool equalized in the 83rd minute through Coutinho, who also scored of a rebound as Lallana’s shot ricocheted off the post.
“We missed too many goals during the game, we played better than Liverpool. I prefer to win this game this way – I prefer to lose a title than lose my word.
“A lot of media were waiting for me to wait a mistake, so I am very happy to win a title most of all for Willy.
“I prefer to lose a title than to lose the word. It’s a bit of a see-saw for the team, to continue fighting,” revealed the City manager after the game, as reported by The Telegraph.
“Now we are not thinking about [the treble]. We are nine points behind the leader, now it’s important to continue in the Champions League.
“This club is very important to me, it was a difficult decision to throw out the FA Cup but I enjoy my decision,” Pellegrini added after winning the trophy.