Man City wins League Cup, seeks further trophies

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 2, 2014 at 1:58 pm •  Published: March 2, 2014
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LONDON (AP) — The celebrations were still continuing in Manchester City's dressing room at Wembley Stadium on Sunday when Manuel Pellegrini started to move on from the League Cup triumph.

For the 60-year-old Chilean, collecting a first winners' medal after a decade in European football was just the minimum he expected from this expensively-assembled team — even if it had to come from behind to beat Sunderland 3-1. Two perfectly-placed, wondrous strikes from Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri inside two second-half minutes turned the final around for City.

"We won today just one trophy but I don't think nobody can think that's enough," Pellegrini said. "I don't think ever for top players or an important club you are satisfied with one trophy."

Not when City, with 121 goals this season, remains in the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League, with varying prospects of success.

Europe is the most unlikely route to glory, with City 2-0 down in the round-of-16 match against Barcelona. But City is six points from the Premier League summit with two games in hand on Chelsea, and facing second-tier club Wigan in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup next Sunday.

It was losing to Wigan in last season's final that spelt the end of Roberto Mancini's reign as City manager, and ushered in the era of Pellegrini, who had won trophies in South America but never in Europe. That ended on Sunday for the former Villarreal, Real Madrid and Malaga coach, although it seemed during the first half that Sunderland would emerge with a first major trophy since 1973.

Franco Borini put Sunderland in front in the 10th minute, completing a swift counterattack after City midfielder Fernandinho was dispossessed next to the Sunderland penalty area. Seb Larsson charged forward before passing to Adam Johnson, who sent the ball high down the flank. Borini got on the end of it, went past City captain Vincent Kompany and struck low into the net.