Manchester City beat Aston Villa to win the third consecutive League Cup
LONDON: Manchester city claimed the League Cup for the fourth time in five seasons to win Aston Villa 2-1 at Wembley on Sunday thanks to goals from Sergio Aguero and Rodrigo
Mbwana Samatta withdrew a goal for Villa, but his wait for the club's first silverware since 1996 continues, as Pep Guardiola's men have now won six of the last seven major trophies in English. football .
Guardiola made eight changes from the side that won 2-1 at Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday with Kevin De Bruyne among those left on the bench.
However, it mattered little, since City had the luxury of remembering Agüero, Raheem Sterling and David Silva in the initial XI, and the abyss in the class was noticeable.
Guardiola's series of changes also gave Phil Foden a rare start and the 19-year-old justified his selection.
The good pass of Rodrigo chose Foden to return to the path of Agüero and the deflected effort of the Argentine defeated Orjan Nyland in the goal of Villa to open the scoring in 20 minutes.
Foden was inches from a goal with a deflected shot that flew inches wide.
Villa was offended when City received another corner moments after Jack Grealish shot the ball against Ilkay Gundogan for what should have been a goal kick.
Instead, City doubled its advantage when Gundogan's corner met Rodrigo's powerful downward header.
Villa could barely receive a touch for the next 10 minutes, as the headlines threatened to cause disturbances in a 6-1 beating repetition they delivered to the hosts at Villa Park last month.
Sterling had a glorious opportunity for his first 2020 goal deflected by a brave blockade of Tyrone Mings.
But moments later, the reason why Mings is ahead of John Stones in the hierarchical order for the England team became apparent when the City defender inexplicably fell to the ground to give Villa a lifeline.
Finally, Anwar El Ghazi received a great ball and, from his cross, Samatta headed towards Claudio Bravo to the delight of the thousands of travelers traveling from Birmingham and the fan of the Villa, Prince William, in the stands.
The difference in despair over the success between the supports was obvious as Villa roared loudly throughout, while City could not sell its allocation.
That did not compensate for the difference in quality in the field, as City quickly returned to its rhythm and then was able to introduce De Bruyne during the final half hour.
However, the City failed to convert his domain into more goals, since Rodrigo was denied by Nyland from another corner before Agüero shot at the side net to give Villa hope for the last 10 minutes.
And they were almost punished, since Bravo, often criticized, had to make a brilliant save three minutes from time to turn Bjorn Engels' header in the post and keep City's control over the competition.