Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola added Carabao Cup final trophy on his trophies won as a manager after whipping Arsenal 3-0 at Wembly on Sunday.
This appears the first of many trophies for Guardiola’s City and a glance at the substitutes’ bench showed the youthful power they have to call on for the future. That bench had an average age of just 21.6 years, with 17-year-old Phil Foden coming on late in the game.
“Win titles and you have to win more,” Guardiola said afterwards. It sounded like a promise; a mantra; a threat to the opposition.
City did not even have to play that well to overwhelm Arsenal and win the Carabao Cup with goals by Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva, and it felt appropriate – given the accusations of spending and buying success – that those goals came from three players who Guardiola inherited, three players towards the end of their careers who already have legendary status at the club. And so it was the old guard who ushered in the new era.