“League Cup win vindicates FA Cup sacrifice” says Pellegrini

Was Pellegrini correct in his decision to name a weakened side in last weekend's FA Cup clash?

“League Cup win vindicates FA Cup sacrifice” says Pellegrini

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Glen Laidlaw

February 29th, 2016

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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini defended his decision to field a weakened side in the FA Cup match last weekend, claiming that the Citizens’ triumph in yesterday’s Capital One Cup final against Liverpool fully vindicated this decision.

Five debutants and six teenagers were included in the City side which was beaten 5-1 by Chelsea, however following that defeat the Citizens have successfully bounced back with consecutive wins against Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in yesterday’s cup final at Wembley.

As such, Pellegrini believes that the FA Cup sacrifice was well worth it and he also feels that his men deserved to lift the Capital One Cup having taken Liverpool to extra-time and penalties.

“We deserved to win the game, we missed chances but if you asked me which way I’d prefer to win I’d prefer to win it is this way,” Pellegrini said to Sky Sports.

“We are working very hard. I don’t remember Willy [Caballero] making one save in the 90 minutes. They draw in the last eight minutes and it was not easy for me to make a change but we finished the better.

“To win a title in Wembley is very special. We are not thinking about what we can win, we are thinking about the next game – against Liverpool – we are nine points behind the leader but we have a game in hand. I had a difficult decision with the FA Cup but I think this title and the win in Kiev support my decision.”

Pellegrini’s choice of Caballero also underlined his backing of the goalkeeper who went on to save three of Liverpool’s penalties in the resultant shoot-out.

 

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