Was this the first of four trophies City were going to win this season. After the recent six nil against Chelsea in the League we were expecting a better game but alas in the first 120 minutes neither side had many chances. Chelsea mainly defended well and made things difficult for City. The major talking point was the possible substitution of the Chelsea keeper. With Willy Caballero on the bench who had saved penalties when playing for City we were quite happy for no subbing! The winning penalty by Sterling was excellent but with the players no doubt a bit tired and a few injuries I hope everybody is Ok for Wednesday for the West Ham game. It was a very long day starting at 6-30am and I did not get home until 2 am !! so these pics are going to be a bit late for once! Attendance was 81,775
The coaches were really well organized for once and we set off saying good morning to the Stadium on the way
Lots of building work going on in Manchester at the moment
We saw plenty of City fans making their way South
There was quite a lot of fog about
We stopped for a break on the M1 but I don't remember ordering a Police escort!
An early sight of Wembley and we ended up in a different car park this time
Still lots of building work going on around the Stadium. There will be nowhere to park soon!
Wembley Way as busy as usual
Bobby Moore is still here
I wonder who they support!
That's a bit unusual
time for a quick drink before the game
a big crowd inside the Stadium watching United play Liverpool
Excitement is rising as kick-off approaches
The blue flags are out as Pep leads the City team out - a strong side as Chelsea are a bit stronger than their semi-final opponents - Burton Albion!
Chelsea clear an early City corner
The 2 managers have much to think about
The first effort after 22 minutes is by Aguero who shoots over the bar
Another shot by Aguero is saved by the keeper
Luiz brings down Benardo and it's the first yellow card on 30 minutes
Kepa is kept busy!
Willan brings down De Bruyne
A little later Laporte has an effort blocked but it looks like Aguero is being held by Rudiger
Just before half time Otamendi has a shot saved
Following a corner Aguero did get the ball in the net but was just offside
The ref had to check VAR
58 minutes and Fernandinho gets a yellow card for a foul on Barkley
Edison tips over a shot from Kante
The ref waves play on as City counter
David Silva is brought down by Rudiger who gets booked
De Bruyne takes the kick but it goes over the bar
plenty of corners but no goals so far
Otamendi gets booked for a foul on Hazard
from the free kick Edison saves
Well that's it - now it is extra time
Edison saves
A quick break before the final 15 minutes
This looks like a good chance for Sterling......
...but the keeper saves and Aguero's effort is blocked so Chelsea escape
..but their keeper is injured and we have a break
Just before the end Kepa has to save again the this time he is struck again by the secret sniper!
The ref comes over and the stretcher is ready. I hope they have rung the NHS and have a couple of hospitals standing by!
Willy is ready and waiting and the board goes up - this is exciting!
No he does not want to come off and Aguero tells the ref to sort it out!
Well that's it then he is not going to be subbed. Sarri goes off in a huff and Willy goes back to the bench. What a Carry-On!
It's penalty time
Edison saves from Jorginho
Gundogan scores and City go one up - the sky blues at the other end liked that!
Azpilicueta scores then Kepa fails to keep Aguero's shot out
Emerson shoots past Edison but then Sane fails to score and its two all
Edison saves well from Luiz and the City fans celebrate
Benardo scores and it is getting exciting now
Hazard scores to make it three all
Sterling whips the ball into the top corner to make it 4-3 and City have won
The City players rush to thank Sterling and the fans celebrate
Let the celebrations begin
The City players climb the steps before accepting the trophy for the second year in succession.
team
Edison 7: Walker 6.5, Otamendi 7, Laporte 6.5 (Kompany 7) , Zinchenko 7: Fernandinho 7.5 (Danilo) David Silva 6.5 (Gundogan) Benardo 7.5, Sterling 7.5, De Bruyne 6.5 (Sane) Aguero 7
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Ederson save
Sterling winning penalty