Vincent Kompany says he was relieved to see former Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero remain on the bench during their Carabao Cup final victory over Chelsea.
In the final moments of extra-time, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri wanted to replace injured goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga with substitute Caballero.
However, Kepa insisted on staying on the pitch for the penalty shootout and refused to come off. The incident clearly angered Sarri, and Chelsea went on to miss two penalties as City lifted the trophy.
And Kompany said he was happy that Caballero was not introduced – after the Argentinian’s heroics helped City win the same competition in a shoot-out in 2016.
Caballero saved three penalties in the shootout against Liverpool as City lifted the Capital One Cup under Manuel Pellegrini – the second of four as club captain.
Kompany said: “I know how good Willy Caballero is on penalties, last time we won it he won it for us so I didn’t want him to come on! It didn’t happen in the end.
“Of course I have never seen it; I wish I could do it whenever I get subbed.”
“In the end, we had that little bit more confidence. Other than [Eden] Hazard we were ready to win it on penalties.”
The city has now won their first trophy of the season and remains in the hunt for the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League.