Manchester City secured their third League Cup win in succession – and their fourth in five years – with victory over Aston Villa at Wembley.
It is the reigning English champion’s first cup of the season and second trophy of the season after winning the community shield in last August.
Pep Guardiola’s side won an historic treble of domestic trophies last season with the Premier League and FA Cup, and they thoroughly deserved their triumph despite a spirited effort from Aston Villa.
The game began with an Aston Villa intensity but the side were quickly torn apart by the current cup holders with two devastating first half goals. Sergio Aguero and Rodri put Man City in front.
Villa, while strictly second best, offered themselves a lifeline when Mbwana Samatta headed in from Anwar El Ghazi’s cross four minutes before the interval.
City continued to dominate as they sought a third goal and Villa were agonisingly close to forcing extra time when Bjorn Engels saw his header from a corner turned on to the woodwork superbly by keeper Claudio Bravo.
City however held their cool to win their third Carabao cub in a row.