Jan 15, 2014, 12:39 PM EDT
While Paul Lambert debates whether managers like the FA Cup and Newcastle supporters wonder whether their club will ever take domestic cup competitions seriously, Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini isn’t here to discriminate.
He wants to win everything: the FA Cup, League Cup, Premiership and UEFA Champions League.
To be fair, he’s blessed with far more depth than the Villans or Magpies, and Pellegrini has admitted he’s playing for everything right now… the unprecedented quadruple.
Speaking ahead of today’s FA Cup third round replay against Blackburn at the Etihad Stadium, a match in which the Citizens are heavily-favored, Pellegrini said he wants it all. Among his quotes:
“It’s important to have the mentality at least to try (to win all four),” Pellegrini said. “During the season with injuries and the amount games we have to play it’s very difficult, and that’s why no-one’s done it before.
“But you must have the mentality to at least try to do it and that’s what we’re trying to do at this moment.
“It’s a very important cup because it’s a very traditional cup, so the most important thing for this team is to have the mentality to try to win no matter what competition you are playing.”
“I don’t understand the reason why because we’re not playing the Premier League that you don’t want to win. If you make some rotations and the other team is strong they play better and win, then we would be eliminated. So, we will try to do well and try to continue.”
Certainly those supporting clubs dismissive of their cup matches will feel more than a tinge of jealousy and, moreover, how about the fact that City has a more than reasonable chance to do it?
- They sit second in the wide-open Premier League table.
- They’re in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League (though their next date is with Barcelona!)
- They have a 6-0 advantage after one leg of the League Cup semifinal against West Ham, and will likely face the winner of Sunderland versus Manchester United (the Black Cats lead 2-1 after one leg with a date at Old Trafford remaining).
- A win today would give them a fourth round FA Cup date with Watford at the Etihad.
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Apr 22, 2014, 9:14 PM EDT
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Apr 22, 2014, 7:51 PM EDT
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Apr 22, 2014, 6:28 PM EDT
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Apr 22, 2014, 4:55 PM EDT
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Apr 22, 2014, 4:47 PM EDT
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Apr 22, 2014, 4:06 PM EDT
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Apr 22, 2014, 2:17 PM EDT
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Apr 22, 2014, 1:56 PM EDT
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Apr 22, 2014, 12:58 PM EDT
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Apr 22, 2014, 12:02 PM EDT
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Apr 22, 2014, 11:20 AM EDT
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Apr 22, 2014, 11:05 AM EDT
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Apr 22, 2014, 10:48 AM EDT
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Apr 22, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT
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Apr 22, 2014, 9:10 AM EDT
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