Guardiola hails League Cup success as 'incredible'

Sergio Aguero's goal got the defending champions up and running, with Rodri heading in a controversial second from a corner that should not have been given.

It came in the 88th minute when Bjorn Engels' header was shovelled onto the post by Claudio Bravo. Always I believe the Premier League or La Ligas or the domestic important title is the most hard one.

Pep Guardiola made eight changes from the team that beat Real Madrid in the Bernabeu, but City still controlled the game and dominated possession throughout.

With Kevin De Bruyne topping the list of key players taking their place on the bench while the likes of Ilkay Guendogan and David Silva hugging the starting line up.

Manchester City completed a hat-trick of Carabao Cup wins after a nervy 2-1 win over battling Aston Villa.

The breakthrough came after 20 minutes when Rodri picked out Phil Foden, who nodded into the path of Aguero to convert via a slight deflection off Tyrone Mings.

Dean Smith's side showed tremendous character to reduce the deficit before the break, John Stones stumbling comically under a high ball as El Ghazi capitalised, his cross converted by Samatta.

"We could've scored the equalizer in the second half", Elmohamady told beIN Sports. "But I think when we remember what he have done, it is because these players have something special".

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What does it mean?

Villa fell into the Premier League's bottom three on Saturday and Smith added: 'We've got a game in hand and if we take this performance into our league season, then we will be okay'.

Foden has been gradually eased into the first-team picture at City by manager Pep Guardiola over the last three seasons.

Ferguson would win the League Cup just a solitary time during his first 19 years in charge of the Red Devils, Brian McClair scoring the only goal of the game as Nottingham Forest were beaten at Wembley in 1992.

After Aguero and Rodrigo fired City into a 2-0 lead after half an hour a repeat of a 6-1 win for the visitors when the sides last met at Villa Park last month looked a distinct possibility. Indeed, only Liverpool (8) have won the competition more times than Man City (7).

However, a losing battle may be on the horizon for the English Football League, who run the League Cup.

Manchester City secured their third League Cup win in succession - and their fourth in five years - with victory over Aston Villa at Wembley.

  • Lawrence Cooper