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Pellegrini targets further success

2 March 2014

Manuel Pellegrini believes his side’s Capital One Cup success can be a springboard for further trophy triumphs

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes his side’s 3-1 Capital One Cup success against Sunderland at Wembley can be a springboard for further trophy triumphs this season.

The Cup was the 60-year-old’s first piece of silverware in English football and was the first of a possible four that City could win this season.

They are fourth in the Premier League, six points off top spot, face Wigan Athletic in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup next weekend, and have a Champions League Round of 16 tie second leg against Barcelona, although they trail 2-0 from the reverse fixture.

Pellegrini believes their Capital One Cup triumph will give them a boost.

Speaking in the post-match press conference, he said: “The victory gives us confidence. I think we’re the only club that has the chance to continue to try and win the all the competitions. 

“If you have the chance to win the first one, you must do it. Today was very important for us to win.

“We won today, just one trophy, nobody can think that’s enough. I don’t think that top players at an important club like Manchester City should be satisfied with one trophy.”

It wasn’t all plain sailing for City in the showpiece Final as they fell behind against Sunderland in the first half with Fabio Borini finishing exquisitely with the outside of his right foot after outmuscling Vincent Kompany.

But Pellegrini’s words of wisdom at half-time did the trick and his team came out fighting.

Yaya Toure levelled things up with a superbly controlled 30-yard effort, before man of the match Samir Nasri powerfully converted a low cross from Aleksandar Kolarov cross.

Second-half substitute Jesus Navas then completed the scoring late on, after being teed up by Toure.

City’s patient build-up play eventually paid dividends despite signs of frustration creeping in during the first half. 

“It’s very important for the players to be calm and be patient and to trust in what they can do,” Pellegrini added.

“Maybe what happened last year in the FA Cup final here at Wembley was on their minds in the first half but I think that the most important thing was to calm the players [at half-time] and tell them to trust in what they can do.

“It’s not easy to be one goal down against Sunderland. They played very well but we had the patience to try and continue to create space. Maybe we wasn’t at our best today, making space, but they defended very well.

“It’s important that all our top players, our great players, play as a team and I think today we did.”

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