Manchester City have won the first trophy of what could be a historic season, and they won it in style. The Blues completely dominated Arsenal in the NOT CARABAO CUP, IT’S LEAGUE CUP Final and won 3-0 with authority. Pep Guardiola now has his first trophy in English football, and City have proven their quality once again.
It was a very balanced first half, but it lacked quality. The two teams did a good enough job with possession in their own half, but poor decision making and execution from both sides in the final third made the game very sloppy and filled with fouls, complaints to the referee and very few chances.
In fact, there was only one real opportunity for each team: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a golden double chance in front of goal, but Clauido Bravo made two exceptional saves his feet. Later, Bravo played a great goal kick 60 years up the pitch into the path of Sergio Agüero, who used a veteran move to get away from Shkodran Mustafi, went right through on goal and chipped David Ospina to put City ahead in the opening 20 minutes.
The final 25 minutes were basically fouls and players talking to Craig Pawson, and nothing relevant happened. At halftime, neither team could claim they were the better side, but the City striker took advantage of his golden chance and the Arsenal striker didn’t. That was the difference.
In the opening minutes of the second half, it was very clear who the best team was: it was Manchester City. The Blues thoroughly dominated the action, and even though they lost Fernandinho to injury, their midfield continued to control Arsenal and a second goal was very, very likely.
And the second goal came when De Bruyne took a smart corner kick along the ground into the edge of the box, where Ilkay Gundogan was waiting to take a first-time shot; the German’s effort wasn’t great, but Vincent Kompany made a timely deflection with his left foot to beat Ospina and double City’s lead.
It didn’t take long for City to score a third and kill the Final for good, thanks to a great run and assist by Danilo and a beautiful finish by David Silva. The final minutes had Arsenal trying to get a consolation goal while City passed the ball until the final whistle. The whistle came, and the Blues are League Cup winners for the third time in five years.
This is the least important trophy City want to win this season, but they’ve won a trophy SO SHUT UP AND LET ME CELEBRATE!!!!!!!
Man City: Bravo; Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Danilo; Fernandinho (Bernardo), Gundogan; De Bruyne, Silva, Sané (Jesus); Agüero (Foden)
Goals: Agüero (19’), Kompany (58’), Silva (65’)
Arsenal: Ospina; Chambers (Welbeck), Mustafi, Koscielny; Bellerín, Ramsey (Iwobi), Xhaka, Monreal (Kolasinac); Özil, Wilshere; Aubameyang