Pellegrini joy at cup success

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini was delighted to win his first trophy for the club after the Capital One Cup success over Sunderland

Last Updated: 03/03/14 at 08:21 Post Comment

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

Favourites City had to do it the hard way as they came from behind to claim the first piece of silverware on offer this season.

Fabio Borini gave Sunderland a first-half lead, but City turned the game on its head with two stunning goals from Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri in the space of a minute early in the second half.

Substitute Jesus Navas ended Sunderland's brave resistance with a third goal late on and Pellegrini felt City deserved their cup success at Wembley.

"I'm very happy," Pellegrini told Sky Sports 1HD. "I think the team deserve this cup because we played well during the whole cup and we scored a lot of goals and conceded just two goals in the whole cup.

"To start winning the first trophy I think is very important for the club, for the players, for me, for the staff - all of us."

Pellegrini admitted his side were far from their best in the first half, but praised their patience in getting back into the game.

"I think that we were not doing things well [in the first half]," noted Pellegrini.

"Sunderland play a very good match, they were very close and we didn't move the ball as fast as we needed [in the first half] but I think in the second half we changed it, we scored two beautiful goals and we had the patience to wait for the moment."

Pellegrini also praised Yaya Toure for hauling his side level with his wonder strike in what proved to be the turning point of the game.

"Yes he is a top player he normally changes the games, but I think also we didn't deserve to lose the first half as it was very close and they score on one counter attack, but second half I think we were the better team."

The win was Chilean Pellegrini's first trophy success in Europe and he hopes it is the first of many at City.

"Very important because at a very important club you can win trophies that for me is the most important thing and we hope it will continue in the future," concluded Pellegrini.

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Champions League: Emergency keeper sends Ludogorets through to group stage

Emergency keeper Cosmin Moti saved two penalties as Bulgarians Ludogorets Razgrad made the Champions League group stage.

Arsene Wenger confirms injured Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud will be out until New Year

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is unlikely to play again this year after having surgery on his injured ankle.

Villa and QPR shocked, Leeds lose

Aston Villa were shocked 1-0 at home by Leyton Orient in the Capital One Cup second round, while QPR lost at Burton and Bradford beat Leeds.

Mail Box

Should Kagawa Play Ahead Of Mata?

That's one question posed in the afternoon mailbox, although it looks like the Japanese playmaker could soon be on his way. Plus, tipping Palace to go down under Warnock...

Well, This Isn't Going That Well Is It?

Plenty of fall out from Manchester United's shambolic 4-0 League Cup defeat, plus thoughts on Van Persie, Arsenal strikers, Benik Afobe, Celtic and Astroturf...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property