Manchester City manager hungry for more silverware after League Cup win
Manuel Pellegrini hoping his team complete a domestic treble after beating Sunderland at Wembley
March 2nd, 2014
It didn’t take long for Manuel Pellegrini to claim a first piece of silverware with Manchester City after his team came from a goal down to beat Sunderland 3-1 on Sunday.
The Black Cats took the lead early in the game when Fabio Borini got the better of Vincent Kompany before slotting the ball home, with Gus Poyet’s team full of enthusiasm for the big occasion and they went into the interval a goal ahead.
However, City didn’t take long to draw level as the second half got underway. Yaya Toure has been the team’s outstanding player this term and his looping shot from outside the area beat Vito Mannone and brought parity to the scoreline.
Sami Nasri fired his team in front shortly afterwards, with Jesus Navas making sure of victory just before the final whistle and Pellegrini hopes this will be the start of several pieces of silverware arriving at the Etihad.
“We are the only club that has the chance to continue trying to win all the competitions and this gives us a lot of confidence,” the City manager said.
“We wanted this trophy but I don’t think that anybody can think that is enough. I don’t think for top players or important clubs, you are satisfied with one trophy.
“We know it won’t be easy, but we are going to try.”
The team’s Champions League clash against Barcelona looks an uphill struggle on the basis that they trail 2-0 from the first leg match, although they showed good character to come from 1-0 down against a Sunderland side who played their part in an excellent final.
Manager Gus Poyet felt a slight sense of injustice at the final whistle although admitted the quality of City’s goals were outstanding.
“I am proud of my team,” Poyet said.
“For 45 minutes we were more than decent but then Toure scores from 35 yards in the top corner. Maybe if we had two goalkeepers we would have stood a chance.
“It’s not nice when you are on the losing side,” the Uruguayan said.
“I hate it but someone needs to win. It’s a final.
“The difference was two special goals. We didn’t take our opportunities and then it was just like ‘bang-bang’ and it’s over.
“We tried our best. Now we just need to try to stay in the Barclays Premier League.”