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Sterling: Pep said he couldn´t watch the penalties!

SoccerNews in English Premier League 24 Feb 2019

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Raheem Sterling says Pep Guardiola could not watch as Manchester City beat Chelsea on penalties to win the EFL Cup.

City failed to break Chelsea down at Wembley on Sunday despite having thrashed the same opposition 6-0 in the Premier League a fortnight ago.

After a goalless draw that saw Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refuse to be substituted by Maurizio Sarri, Sterling stepped up to convert the winning penalty and seal a 4-3 shoot-out success.

And the England international revelled in being able to play a key role in City retaining the EFL Cup they won a year ago by thumping Arsenal 3-0.

“It’s a great feeling. I’m at home, at Wembley, in my city,” Sterling said to Sky Sports.

“It was a tough game but it’s just amazing, the boys were brilliant today.

“I knew if I scored that it was the winner. That’s all the confidence I needed to make sure it went in.

“Pep said he didn’t watch it. He asked: ‘Where did it go?’. I just told him top bins!”

City winning their EFL Cup for the fourth time in six years means they have taken the first step towards a historic quadruple.

“Chelsea played really well, they were really solid and hard to break down,” Sterling added.

“But football, you have to go all the way and we did the business.

“One trophy down. We just need to keep winning games and that’s it.”

Sterling’s team-mate Ilkay Gundogan, who scored City’s first penalty, still feels it is too early to talk about the quadruple, however.

“I remember we had the same conversation a year ago,” Gundogan said to Sky Sports. “I don’t know if it helps much to talk about that, we just have to win as much as possible.

“Today was the first final for us, hopefully we will be able to reach at least another one. We will try our best and see at the end of the season.”

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