Man City pick well-deserved Capital Cup glory, but Sunderland sober even in defeat
An exuberant Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany could not help himself from smiling ear to ear when he lifted the Capital One Cup trophy on Sunday after his side picked up a 3-1 win in the final over Sunderland at the Wembley.
Sunderland grabbed an early lead through a goal from forward Fabio Borini. The Black Cats kept the pressure on the Eastlands till the interval. Manchester City entered the second half of the game and were immediately on the offensive. Clearly, Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini had showed his men how to use the midfield to their advantage.
Yaya Toure grabbed the equalizer for his side with Samir Nasri providing Manchester City the lead only a minute later. Jesus Navas sealed the victory for Manchester City just before the final whistle was about get blown.
“It's the best stadium, for me it's the best in Europe, maybe even the world, and lifting the trophy here is something special,” Kompany said. “We never take anything for granted and we'll enjoy every moment. I think we should be hungry for more. We've achieved something great for the club and we need to carry on.”
On the other hand, Sunderland captain John O’Shea was proud of the way his team fought against Manchester City. The former Manchester United defender admitted Manchester City were the better side and deserved to lift the trophy.
“We're terribly disappointed. They only way you enjoy a cup final is by winning it,” O’Shea said. “They've scored a great goal to get back into it, he's stuck it in the top corner from 30 yards out and then we've lost a bit of organization and it's cost us a second goal. It's not a nice place now and we have a huge test for the rest of the season. But credit to them - they're deserving winners.”
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet was sober in defeat. Poyet was satisfied with the effort of his men and insisted that his team gave it their best shot against the Premier League giants. Poyet told reporters that he was happy to pick up a good start against Manchester City, but a “wonder goal” from Yaya Toure and an “incredible finish” from Samir Nasri were just too much for his side to stop.
Poyet added that he despised losing, but even in the loss he knew that his team fought tooth and nail to overcome Manchester City’s advances.