Capital One Cup Final review
On Sunday's capital one cup final, Manchester City and Liverpool FC locked horns as both clubs were after one thing, the trophy. There had been a lot of tension going into this fixture. The two clubs have been competing in the league, Liverpool being first place, City just a point behind them. Even though both clubs were focusing mainly on the league, winning a trophy would be a huge boost. The referee for this game was Howard Webb.
Man City fielded the stronger lineup, due to them having more players available in various positions. City played a simple 4-2-3-1 while Liverpool played a complicated 4-2-3-1. 16 year old, Geidon Zelalem was handed a start in the final by John Barnes.
Steven Gerrard and Yohan Cabaye were not present in the starting lineup or the substitute bench due to injuries. Meanwhile for City, Yaya Toure was missing due to injury. City manager Manuel Pellegrini, controversially, left Hart, Aguero, Jovetic and Nasri on the bench.
The first half
It was City who kicked off the game from left to right. The first chance in the game came in the 16th minute when Rodwell narrowly put his header over from about 10 yards out. Just 4 minutes later, Raheem Sterling was gifted with a chance but dragged his shot horribly wide.
In the 21st minute, Liverpool increased the tempo of their football, City's defence was caught napping and Johnson capitalised. The right back played a long ball over the top of Vincent Kompany, who didn't realize who was behind him. The ball fell straight to Luis Suarez, who nodded the ball forward before chipping Joe Hart to send the 50,000 Liverpool fans crazy. 1-0 to Liverpool!
From that point onwards the game saw both sets of midfield battle to try and give their team an advantage. Despite City's midfield running the game and creating many chances for City, they just couldn't convert. The Reds changed their game plan, they decided to invite pressure on to them and then to hit City on the counter attack.
The second half
As the second half started, City had exactly 45 minutes to score 2 goals to win the match. However Liverpool weren't going to sleep throughout the second half. Barnes once again changed the game plan. Instead of just playing on the counter, Liverpool parked a bus and were not looking to score.
In order to try and score, City threw on Aguero and Dzeko, two strikers. Both men looked lively and had plenty of chances to score but thanks to brilliant keeping from Simon Mignolet, City failed to score.
Daniel Agger stopped an almost certain goal with a great last ditch tackle, preventing Aguero from rolling the ball into an empty net, after rounding Mignolet. The Citizens had one last chance in the 90th minute to score, however, Kaka smashed his shot wide. Liverpool won the game and were crowned the Capital One Cup winners! CONGRATULATIONS TO LIVERPOOL!