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Carabao Cup

Star man Silva delighted with Wembley win

25 February 2019

A man-of-the-match performance on the hallowed turf at Wembley Stadium, Bernardo Silva played a key role in Manchester City's 2019 Carabao Cup triumph.

The Citizens beat Chelsea on penalties after a goalless 90 minutes and extra-time - with Silva among the scorers from the spot - to win Sunday's Final and retain the trophy.

Speaking after the game, with a medal around his neck and the Alan Hardaker trophy in his hands, Silva was naturally delighted to help his side to glory.

"We're very happy with the win, especially because it was a very tough and physical game," he said. "It was 90 minutes, plus 30, plus penalties, so lots of emotions, but it's one more trophy for us and we're very happy.

"It's not easy [to keep the intensity up], we're playing in four competitions, but you always have to be focused. When you play at a club like City that aims to win all of them and when you have a squad like ours, you have to be concentrated.

"You have to try to win every game and that's what we try to do. We know that it's a crucial part of the season, you can almost win or lose everything, so we're very focused."

In winning at Wembley, City became just the fourth club to retain the trophy in consecutive years.

Asked if achieving the feat made victory over Chelsea even more special, Silva said: "Of course. Winning it back-to-back, we're very happy. It's a boost for the rest of the season, it's the first trophy you can win. To win a trophy this early, it's good for our confidence.

"It was a difficult game with not a lot of space for both teams - it was very tactical, very physical. I'm just happy that I helped the team win and that we've won another trophy.

"Since I arrived, the team spirit has been fantastic. Last season we won trophies and the celebrations were great, and we knew winning this competition back-to-back was going to be difficult. It's fantastic, and we want to keep going that way."

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