CITY LIFT THE CUP
Manchester City lifted the first trophy available for English clubs this campaign after winning the League Cup by beating Sunderland 3-1 at Wembley yesterday. This was also the first trophy for new manager Manuel Pellegrini, who said after the win that the club can build on this victory and get two more trophies this campaign.
City were initially looking to win the quadruple this campaign, but a 2-0 defeat in the first leg against Barcelona in the Champions League has reduced the hopes. They are now looking to achieve the famous domestic treble.
City are in contention to win the league title and they have qualified for the quarter-finals of the FA Cup where they will face holders Wigan Athletic. Sunderland looked like making an upset at the League Cup final after managing to take the lead in the 10th minute through Fabio Borini. Vincent Kompany was at fault for this opening goal. For large periods of the match it looked like Sunderland would be able to hold on for the famous win, but City were able to get back into the match with an impressive comeback started by Yaya Touré.
In the space of 90 minutes, City were able to get into the lead through Samir Nasri. Jesus Navas scored a late goal to make the game safe for City.
"To win the first trophy is important for us all. For the players, for me and for the staff. We are the only club with the chance to try to win all the competitions. We are going to try although we know it is not easy. When you have the chance to win a trophy and you don't, you may not go out with your mind the same way. We have Wigan first. We have respect for them - remember what happened in the FA Cup final - but we are going to try and do it," said Pellegrini.