Jorginho and Kante were impressive in midfield (Picture: Getty)Pep Guardiola heaped praise on Jorginho and N’Golo Kante after Manchester City edged out Chelsea in the final of the Carabao Cup.
City needed penalties to see off Chelsea after the game ended in a stalemate after extra-time.
Chelsea were massively improved from the side City thrashed 6-0 earlier this month, with Maurizio Sarri saying after the game how he proud he was of his team who did everything he asked of them.
Guardiola too was impressed with Chelsea’s turnaround, and singled out two Chelsea stars in particular who caught his eye.
‘It was a tight game, we knew it would be as a final. One of the toughest teams I have ever faced in my time. How Jorginho and Kante pressed was incredible. It is not easy to fight them,’ Guardiola said.
‘I was impressed with the way Chelsea defended, they were well organised and one of the toughest teams I’ve faced in my career.
(Picture: Getty)‘We knew they have pride and they would react [from the 6-0 defeat]. This game was more similar to the game at Stamford Bridge, which we lost. It was tough.
‘I thought we played well for 70 minutes but then we suffered because we were tired.
‘We had a few injuries as well which will demand a lot of us and now we could suffer [in other competitions], but the title will help our mood going forward. I’m tired but I’m happy.’
City thrashed Chelsea 6-0 earlier this month (Picture: Getty)While Chelsea can be pleased with their performance, much of the post-match focus has been on the incredible bust-up between Sarri and his goalkeeper in the dying moments of the game.
Kepa refused to come off after twice going down with cramps and Sarri reacted furiously to his goalkeeper dismissing his instructions to be substituted.
Sarri insisted after the game the row with Kepa was a ‘big misunderstanding’, but it remains to be seen what the Italian will do with his No.1 stopper after such a public display of defiance.
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