Manuel Pellegrini eyes historic quadruple after Capital One Cup win over Sunderland

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini celebrates with the Capital One Cup after the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini celebrates with the Capital One Cup after the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley

Manuel Pellegrini claimed Manchester City’s Capital One Cup triumph can provide the platform for an unprecedented quadruple after insisting the club remain in contention for four trophies this season.

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Second-half goals from Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri and Jesus Navas secured City’s first league cup since 1976 after Fabio Borini had given Sunderland a first-half lead.

To keep their quadruple hopes alive, City must overcome FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic in next Sunday’s quarter-final before preparing for the more daunting task of overturning a 2-0 first-leg deficit against Barcelona in the Nou Camp in the Champions League round of 16 three days later.

But with one trophy now on its way to City’s cabinet, Pellegrini believes the success can propel his team towards even greater achievements.

“This will give us a lot of confidence now,” Pellegrini said. “If you try to win a title and don’t do it, your mind does not work the same way, so to win the first is very important.

“We have won this trophy and we are now the only club with a chance to win all the competitions.

“For a club like Manchester City, to fail is not acceptable. The team failed last year, but we did not fail today.

“I believe we are going to have a great season when the season ends in May.

"We won one trophy today, but nobody can think that is enough.

“We can improve, but with important players, you can never be satisfied with one trophy and if we beat Wigan next week, we will be back at Wembley for the FA Cup semi-final.

“We are going to try. It is not easy, we have all due respect for Wigan after what happened last season in the FA Cup Final, but we are going to try to do it of course.”

Pellegrini’s bullish appraisal of City’s prospects for the remainder of the season was echoed by Nasri, the French midfielder, who claimed his first Wembley winners’ medal after losing in previous cup finals with City and Arsenal.

Nasri, who received the Alan Hardaker man of the match trophy at the end of the game, said, “I am very happy and I hope that this cup can bring some others.

“I have lost my two finals I have played here so it was really important to win.

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