1 March, 2014 - 15:49

League Cup final preview: Manchester City vs Sunderland

Manchester City and Sunderland are set to play for the first trophy of the season at Wembley on Sunday afternoon.

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Manuel Pellegrini, who has recently been suspended for three European games for saying the Swedish referee, working in their home match against Barcelona, ‘had not been impartial’, is looking for his first silverware with Manchester City and Capital One Cup could well open the way to the club’s trophy cabinet. With the Champions League hopes all but faded and Premier League title race being extremely intense, the Chilean specialist needs to beat Sunderland to take pressure off, considering the investment in the club, made by UAE owners. However, The Black Cats, who have never won the League Cup and have last won a trophy in 1973, beating Leeds United in the FA Cup final, have nothing to lose as they struggle to get out of relegation zone in Premier League. Manchester City won the League Cup twice, in 1970 and 1976.

Both Pellegrini and Poyet have few squad concerns. Sergio Aguero has recovered from hamstring injury and will be available at Wembley. Sunderland’s only doubt is Steven Fletcher, who is suffering with achilles problem.

Sunderland beat their opponents earlier on this season in the league, courtesy of Phil Bardsley strike.

Manchester City leader Yaya Toure highlighted the importance of a trophy for the club:
“If we have a lot of trophies and make history, it is going to be fantastic. It is target of the club.”

The match starts at 14:05.

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Author: Leon Smolski

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1 March 2014, 15:51

Go Black Cats! You can do it! Just like Wigan did last season

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