Manchester City played a good game against visiting Hull City, who gave their illustrious opponents more than a competitive match for 80 minutes. The final scoreline, 4-1, might suggest that it was a one-sided game, but the visitors were in with a shout until the final 10 minutes. In the end, a brace from Kevin de Bruyne, and a goal apiece for Wilfried Bony and Kelechi Iheanacho sealed the victory for Manuel Pellegrini’s men and helped them progress to the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup.
Before last night’s game against the Tigers, Pellegrini had said that it was vital for his side to remain involved in all competitions, including the league cup, a competition that most Barclays Premier League sides tend to not prioritise.
And following last night’s victory against Steve Bruce’s side, the Chilean manager was visibly happy about his side’s progress, among other things.
“I’m very pleased as we’re in the semi-final and played with just two and a half days rest,” Pellegrini said.
“It’s important to be involved in all competitions. I think we were very solid and didn’t allow any chances for Hull to score. Anything can happen at 1-0 but it was important for us to not concede any chances,” a satisfied Pellegrini, speaking to Sky Sports, said in the aftermath of City’s passage into the last 4 of the league cup.
On another note, Pellegrini was keen to point out the significance of David Silva, who made his first start since recovering from his ankle injury and captained the side last night, to the Cityzens.
“Silva is very important for the team. He is a quality player. He gives us possession of the ball, which is a style of play that we like to play and he connects well with de Bruyne, and our other technical players. We’ve had so many injuries that it’s important that our squad is strong”, the Manchester City manager added.
Following the twin defeats against Liverpool and Juventus, City needed to react and make sure they did not fall too behind in the title race. And their performances against Southampton last Saturday and Hull City last night have been pretty good. Playing Fabian Delph in the engine room has added zest to the City lineup as a whole, and it was the City players’ high levels of energy that was one of the highlights of yesterday’s victory. Pellegrini has to make sure that his personnel do not relax, since December is always a crucial month in the title race and one they have aced over the last couple of seasons.