After reaching this year’s final with a victory over rivals Manchester United on Wednesday, Manchester City have the chance to win the Carabao Cup for the fourth time in a row and the sixth time in eight seasons. In this excellent collection, PA news agency takes a look at the previous final achievements.
Samir Nasri (left) scored a magnificent goal in the victory over Sunderland (Nick Potts/PA) Manuel Pellegrini enjoyed a fantastic first season as City coach, with his side raising double the Premier League and League Cup. 2014 – 3-1 win over Sunderland As Sunderland took the lead through Fabio Borini in the 10th minute and were deservedly ahead at half-time, the finale was not all smooth sailing, but that changed when City struck twice shortly after the restart. In the 55th minute, Yaya Toure equalized with a long-range shot and Samir Nasri added almost in answer to the tally with a superb shot from the box’s edge. In the final minute, substitute Jesus Navas determined the thrilling contest. 2016 – 3-1 penalty win over Liverpool, 1-1 after extra time Willy Caballero was the star in City’s 3-1 penalty win over Liverpool (Nick Potts/PA) Sophomore goalkeeper Willy Caballero was the hero with three penalties saved after a close game ended 1-1. Early in the second half, Fernandinho had put City ahead, but late on, Philippe Coutinho equalized to force extra time after Raheem Sterling missed two decent chances against his old club. In the penalty shootout, Fernandinho hit the post, but Caballero rescued Lucas Leiva, Coutinho and Adam Lallana in order to win the trophy and justify his selection ahead of Joe Hart. In his final season, the victory also meant that Pellegrini ended his reign with a trophy. 2018 – 3-0 win over ArsenalCity proved too good for Arsenal in 2018 (Nick Potts/PA)City dominated Arsenal to win their first Pep Guardiola trophy. Five days ago, they had endured a shock loss to Wigan in the FA Cup, ending their quadruple quest, but there was no sign of a hangover as they swept the Gunners aside. After 18 minutes, which Vincent Kompany extended before the break, Sergio Aguero took advantage of a Gunners error to score the opening goal. Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to be replaced at Wembley Stadium (Nick Potts/PA)Goalkeepers once again made headlines, but this time in bizarre circumstances as Chelsea’s number one Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to be replaced. David Silva made it fine. 2019 – 4-3 win over Chelsea on penalties, 0-0 after extra time. The £ 71 million Spanish keeper started to suffer with cramps as the goalless game went for a penalty shootout, and Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri opted to replace him with former City keeper Caballero. But Kepa stayed on the ground, and in a huff, Sarri stomped off. In the penalty shootout, Kepa saved from Leroy Sane, but Ederson failed to beat Jorginho and David Luiz hit the post, enabling Sterling to score the decisive penalty. It was the first step towards an incredible treble for Guardiola’s side. 2020 – 2-1 win over Aston Villa Rodri was the scorer in last year’s City win over Aston Villa (Mike Egerton/PA) The winning streak of City continued despite facing a Jack Grealish-inspired Villa that was far from being a relegation candidate as indicated by their league position. City already looked like definite winners after taking the lead through Aguero (20th minute) and Rodri’s second goal (10th minute), but Mbwana Samatta equalized before the break. Villa pushed for an equalizer after the break, but Claudio Bravo only managed to direct a header from Björn Engels against the post with a brilliant save to finally give City the upper hand.