The teams couldn’t be separated after 90 minutes and a further 30 minutes of extra time. A game that included many hard tackles, questionable calls for both sides and a substitution query between Kepa and Chelsea manager Sarri.
But in the shoot-out,where City came good. Ederson saved two of Chelsea’ takes and Raheem Sterling calmly sent home the winner to make it 4-3 and secure the Blues’ second trophy of the campaign.
On to the reaction-
Pep Guardiola Reaction
“Happy. It went to penalties, so compliment to Chelsea it was incredible performance. In penalties, everything can happen. We are happy to win back to back for the first time in our history.
”You realise the team Chelsea have, they have champions. After the result two weeks ago, we knew it would be more difficult.
Only bad thing is we will miss players in the next weeks. I don’t know how far we can arrive with Laporte and Fernandinho injured, but it’s better after winning the game.
”The important thing with penalties is personality, and they did it.”
Raheem Sterling Reaction
“It’s a great feeling. I’m home, I’m at Wembley, in my city... it was a tough game but an amazing feeling. The boys were brilliant today,” said Raheem.
“I spoke to Leroy (before the penalty) and he said make sure that if I scored it was the winner. That was all the confidence I needed.
”Pep said he didn’t watch it - he said where did it go? I just told him ‘top bins’.
”Chelsea played a really good game today, they were solid, it was difficult to break them down but we kept focus and did the business.
”It’s one trophy down and now we just need to keep winning games and that’s it.”
AINT NO STOPPING THAT (that was close tho ) pic.twitter.com/CV4319xvMK— Raheem Sterling (@sterling7) February 24, 2019
RAZAAAAAAA WE WON THE EFL CUP!!!!— Bitter and Blue (@Bitter_and_Blue) February 24, 2019
I LOVE THIS CLUB! CAMPEONES!— Bitter and Blue (@Bitter_and_Blue) February 24, 2019
No rest for the wicked though, next up is Premier League action on Wednesday with a home game against Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham United and then a trip to face Bournemouth next Saturday afternoon, again in the Premier League.
See you then!