Man City took Capital One Cup seriously, says Kidd

Manchester City assistant manager Brian Kidd has said Manuel Pellegrini is reaping the rewards for taking the Capital One Cup seriously, Sky Sports has reported.

City beat Sunderland 3-1 at Wembley on Sunday to land the first piece of silverware available to them this season, and Pellegrini’s first as a manager in Europe. City can still win the FA Cup, Premier League and Champions League but Kidd believes the League Cup is as important as any of them.

“I’m so pleased for the boss. It is his first trophy and obviously all the staff and the players were superb,” Kidd said.

“It’s the first trophy of the season. If you can win the league cup, you’re in Europe as well at the beginning of March, which is very important.

“I think the boss, the way he’s treated the competition – I think it was 23 goals we got, two against – so he’s taken it very seriously and we’ve ended up winning the trophy.”

City fell behind to the Black Cats early on only to rally in the second-half, and Kidd said people shouldn’t expect City to produce champagne football in every game after a hard first half of the season.

“March onwards until the end of the season, it’s tiring, it’s demanding, and really it’s not about performances,” Kidd insisted. “It’s about digging results out now.”

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