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Guardiola hails Man City character after Carabao Cup triumph

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola hailed his players' character after their Carabao Cup final shootout triumph againts Chelsea.

City showed character and steely nerves to secure a 4-3 triumph in a tense penalty shoot-out after the sides had been goalless over 120 minutes of normal and extra time.

It meant the Blues retained the trophy we secured last season and the City manager was full of credit for the way his players stood up to the challenge against a committed and determined Chelsea team.

“I'm happy. It went to penalties, so compliment to Chelsea it was incredible performance," declared Pep.

“The important thing with penalties is personality, and they did it.

“In penalties, everything can happen. We are happy to win back-to-back (cups) for the first time in our history.

"Raheem has the confidence to take penalties – he said 'I'm going to take it, I'm going to shoot the last goal' – and he did it so good! I appreciated the guys who have the courage to step forward and say 'I want to take one' because of the pressure, but Raheem seems to like this kind of pressure. It was nice.

“You realise the team Chelsea have, they have champions. After the result two weeks ago (our 6-0 Premier League win at the Etihad), we knew it would be more difficult."

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