Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini targets League Cup success

Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini Capital One Cup

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has challenged his side to win the Capital One Cup this season following their 4-1 victory over Hull in the quarter-finals on Tuesday.

Wilfried Bony struck early in the contest for the Citizens before Kelechi Iheanacho and a late Kevin De Bruyne double rounded off a comfortable night against the Championship side

City will now face either Everton, Stoke, Liverpool or Southampton in the last four as they aim to replicate the success they achieved in the competition during the 2013-14 campaign.

That year, City defeated Sunderland 3-1 in the final and Pellegrini sees no reason why his side cannot achieve overall glory once again this season.

He said: “Now we have to play the semi-final. I always say if you are a big team you must try to win every competition you’re in. The final is in Wembley, it’s always a special game. It was very beautiful to win it. [in 2014].”

The Chilean believes his side have enjoyed a successful start to the campaign, as they are currently top of the Premier League and going strong in Europe, and he is particularly pleased with their achievements as they have had a number of injuries to contend with this term.

He added: “To have qualified for the Champions League next stage, to be in the semi-final, top of the league, with so many injured players is great.”

Next up for City is a league encounter with Stoke at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday and they are the 1.62 favourites to achieve victory in that match, while the Potters are available at 5.25 and the draw is 3.80.

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