It’s one of the specialized position on the field thus it calls for perfection and Willy Caballero did close to that as he managed to brave the storm as Manchester City wins the Capital One Cup beating Liverpool 3-1 in penalty kicks.
Caballero told the Guardian that the night before they took on Liverpool for the Capital One Cup finals, he studied how the Liverpool players do their penalty kicks and made sure that he learned them by heat. All of it paid off as he managed to save three penalty shots and was blatantly acknowledged as the hero of the game.
“For sure it’s emotional, for me, for my family. Two years in this big team and this is a first trophy for me and my family in Argentina. I tried to see all the penalties last night, I tried to watch, but my intuition helped me. To win this cup is amazing. It was a hard, hard week for me. But we have the trophy now and we have to enjoy. It is fantastic for all the blue people on this side,” Caballero said.
For Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, Caballero deserves all the credit despite the criticisms he got in their lost to Chelsea last week. Many called his moved to retain Caballero as shocking. But with the win, Pellegrini felt redeemed and that Caballero’s performance against Liverpool vindicated him from all bashers.
“I’m happy for the performance of the team against a very difficult side in Liverpool, everyone remembers the game we lost at the Etihad. I’m happy for Willy Cabellero because I think he deserved his moment, I’m happy to have won a title in February, that is very important for the trust of the team and I’m happy for Joe Hart who showed he is not only a very good goalkeeper but a very good person by always supporting Willy and helping him in the dressing room. And personally I am happy because I would rather lose a final than lose my word. I don’t know about you but my word is more important than football. The decision I took last week at Chelsea was very important for winning this trophy tonight,” Pellegrini added.
The win gave Manchester City its fourth Capital One Cup trophy having won it in 1970, 1976 and in 2014 while for Liverpool it will be their fourth runner-up stint in the cup after winning it eight times with the last in 2012.
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