Manchester City strikes thrice for League Cup final victory

Manchester City won their first trophy under Pep Guardiola after a dominating win against Arsenal to win the League Cup final by 3-0.

City, who saw a shock FA Cup fifth-round defeat by League One Wigan Athletic recovered in style as they swept the Gunners aside at Wembley.

The Manchester club led after 18 minutes when Sergio Aguero took full advantage of Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi’s feeble challenge to latch on to keeper Claudio Bravo’s goal-kick and loft a cool finish over David Ospina.

Despite lagging behind, Arsenal hardly registered any chances of moment in the game except the moment when Kyle Walker stopped Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the six-yard area.

However, the contest was effectively over when man-of-the-match Vincent Kompany swept in Ilkay Gundogan’s cross-shot just before the hour, while David Silva’s powerful shot past Ospina before City closed out the most routine of victories.

However, Pep Guardiola remained critical of what he saw as flaws his team had made in the first-half, although he praised the manner in which City bounced back from their disappointing FA Cup campaign while insisting that the trophy was for City.

“The first half was not good — too many mistakes with simple passes,” he said after the game. “But the second half we played with more courage, more personality. That is why we were outstanding after the break.”

“It was so important we won this after going out of the FA Cup. Now we have to focus absolutely on the Premier League and trying to win the games we need to win the title and try and progress to the Champions League quarter-final.”

“This win is not for me, it’s for Manchester City.”

With their first trophy under Guardiola secured, the Blues could now turn their attention to clinching the Premier League and continuing their Champions League campaign.

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