Manuel Pellegrini insists he is taking it one game at a time as Manchester City reach Capital One Cup final
City swept West Ham aside in the semi-final, winning 9-0 on aggregate
Wednesday 22 January 2014
Winning every game is the sole focus for Manchester City and manager Manuel Pellegrini after the demolition of West Ham earned a place in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley.
City beat the Hammers 6-0 in the semi-final first leg and were again ruthless at Upton Park as Alvaro Negredo scored twice and Sergio Aguero also netted in a 3-0 second-leg victory to seal a 9-0 aggregate triumph.
On form, it appears an unprecedented quadruple is not beyond a scintillating City, but Pellegrini vowed only to continue playing in the same vein.
"I'm very proud of the team that we are still in four competitions," Pellegrini said.
"We are not thinking about that (winning all four competitions). We are thinking just to win every match.
"Now we've finished with the Capital One Cup until March. It's very important to continue in the FA Cup, so we must win against Watford on Saturday.
"We'll continue with the same winning and ambitious mentality.
"We have a lot of work to do. In the FA Cup we are just in the fourth round.
"In the Champions League we have a tough game against Barcelona.
"The Premier League's very close and it will still be close till the end between four or five teams.
"At the moment we are happy (with) the way we are doing things. We must continue in the future the same way."
Pellegrini is unconcerned who his side face on March 2, with the prospect of a Manchester derby in the final if Manchester United can overturn a 2-1 first-leg deficit against Sunderland at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
"Wembley's special for everyone," Pellegrini added.
"Both teams would be difficult. Maybe everybody thinks Manchester United would be our rival in the final, but Sunderland has options."
Premier League survival is the only remaining target for West Ham manager Sam Allardyce.
The Hammers boss believes avoiding relegation hinges on the fitness of his players and new signings.
Ricardo Vaz Te, Guy Demel, Joey O'Brien, George McCartney and Winston Reid are all nearing returns.
"If you give me all them fit from as quickly as possible until the end of the season, I think we'll come out of this," said Allardyce, whose side next face Chelsea on January 29.
"Forty (points) is the safe zone over more than 10 years now. It's got to be 22 points minimum for me in the last 16 (games)."
But, while Andy Carroll made his first start of the season, Allardyce was left to lament further injuries as midfielders Joe Cole (groin) and Mohamed Diame (knee) went off.
Allardyce added: "Joe's shouldn't be too long. Mo's looked more serious - and until a scan we don't know - but (the medical department) are saying it may not be as serious as first thought.
"Still I think he would be out for a little while."
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