Marcos reaches first major final
Marcos Alonso helped Sunderland reach the Capital One League Cup final as the Black Cats overcame Manchester United.
Sunderland beat the Premier League champions over two legs in a finely balanced semi final that was eventually settled on penalties. Marcos stepped up to plant his penalty past United keeper David De Gea to help his side book their place at Wembley.
“It’s the first major final of my career. It was a tough semi-final and we are pleased to come through it with a historic win over one of the best sides in England over the past 15 years,” said Marcos who nearly gave the Black Cats the lead with a whistling drive earlier in the game.
“We are delighted to be going to Wembley and giving the fans a fantastic day out. It’s a big present for them. It’s the first final for 22 years.”
“It was certainly a game I will remember for a long time. It is great to have the opportunity to play in the first major final of my career. That semi final was just my fourth game for Sunderland and I still feel I can grow.”
Sunderland will face Manchester City in the final after they completed a 9-0 rout of West Ham United over two legs in the other semi final.
“Not many people would have given us a chance when they have seen the draw and predicted an all Manchester final. There is a growing belief amongst the squad and we hope to take that into our league form. Our aim is to move up the Premier League, we have 3 crucial games coming up that we need to focus on.”
The final will take place on Sunday 2nd March 2014 at Wembley Stadium.