London, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City rolled back the years on Sunday to win the first trophy of the Pep Guardiola era with three of their veteran players scoring in an emphatic 3-0 win against Arsenal at Wembley.
Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva were all on the scoresheet as City lifted the trophy for the fifth time — only Liverpool have won it more.
It was an stirring response from the Premier League leaders after their bid for a historic quadruple came to an end with a shock FA Cup defeat to League One Wigan on Monday.
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A dominant Wembley performance! Well done, boys! ? pic.twitter.com/rjxwZtlogW
— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 25, 2018
“It’s important,” said Guardiola. “We’re so happy, and a big congratulations to all of Manchester City, and our fans. This trophy is for Manchester City and not for me.
“The first half we were not good, there were a lot of mistakes. In the second half we played with a lot more courage and personality — we were outstanding.”
City’s first goal, in the first half, came in unlikely circumstances for a side lauded for their slick passing style.
A long punt upfield from goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was controlled by Sergio Aguero, who coolly lifted the ball over a helpless David Ospina in the Arsenal goal.
Captain Kompany doubled the lead in the second half with just over half an hour to go and Silva put the game out of the reach of Arsene Wenger’s team.
The runaway Premier League leaders will be hoping to use the victory as a springboard to greater glory as the season approaches its final stretch but defeat for Wenger means he has never lifted the League Cup.
League Cup champions!! ? And we’ll keep aiming higher ? This goes to all the City supporters who stood by us so much. And happy to be able to celebrate with my son Benjamin! pic.twitter.com/GIGukhLzcn
— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) February 25, 2018
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On a bitterly cold, clear day in London, City, in their light blue kit, took control early, playing measured football and enjoying the lion’s share of possession against a side who have made Wembley a second home in recent years.