Sunday 4 December 2016

Video: Emotional hero Willy Caballero close to tears following Man City Cup win

Published 28/02/2016 | 19:52

Manchester CIty's Argentinian goalkeeper Willy Caballero (C) celebrates with his team-mates
Manchester CIty's Argentinian goalkeeper Willy Caballero (C) celebrates with his team-mates

Goalkeeper Willy Caballero welled up on the Wembley turf after winning the Capital One Cup for Manchester City.

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The Argentinian's place in City's starting line-up came under scrutiny after some unconvincing performances in the competition, with regular stopper Joe Hart waiting in the wings.

But boss Manuel Pellegrini stuck by Caballero for the final and was repaid as the 34-year-old saved three shoot-out penalties for a 3-1 win after the tie had ended 1-1 after extra-time.

"It's amazing, to win this cup, for me it's amazing," said a tearful Caballero on Sky Sports. "It was a hard week for me but we had a talk that we could do it. It is fantastic for the blue people.

"It's important, emotional for me, my family, to be in this great team. It is a first trophy for me and for my family in Argentina."

On his saves, he added: "I tried to see all the penalties last night, but my intuition got me through."

Captain Vincent Kompany added: "It's not the best way (to win), it's the most unfair way.

"There was so much emotion in this final, we were having so many chances and missing so many. We left everything out on the pitch.

"We have got experience, we looked around ourselves, we found a moment of peace and calm and kept doing what we were doing. They were playing well but we were creating chances."

Victorious City manager Pellegrini added: I think we deserved to win the game, we missed too many chances, played better than Liverpool."

On sticking with Caballero, he added: "I prefer to win it this way, because I was pleased to win the title for the players, fans, the staff but for Willy.

"I preferred to lose the title than lose the word (of picking him). We are working hard, in the middle of the season, it is important for us to keep fighting now.

"I was concerned about the amount of chances we missed. After that we played better in extra-time.

"It's a very important moment, and it's always very special to win a title at Wembley."

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