Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says he was delighted to see his side progress to the semi-finals of the League Cup in such emphatic fashion while also lavishing praises on African duo of Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Bony.
In a thoroughly dominant display, the Blues cruised into the semi-final of the League Cup with a 4-1 win over Hull at the Etihad Stadium. Ivorian star Wilfried Bony steered in the opener, pouncing on a rebound off the post before Nigeria’s Iheanacho turned in Raheem Sterling’s cross for the first of four goals in the final 10 minutes.
Speaking in his post-match press conference, Pellegrini asserted he was very pleased youngster Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfried Bony in a game the manager described as being difficult.
“I am very pleased because that was a difficult game against a good team at the top of the table in the Championship.
“It was also important for Bony to play for 65 minutes after he only recovered from a muscle injury a few days before Saturday, and it was good for Kelechi to score.
“More than that, we played our third game in less than one week – we played on Wednesday, Saturday and Tuesday – I think we had a very good response of the squad with different names.
“The most important thing was to qualify for the semi-final – but it was also important for him to have 80 minutes after a long injury.” Pellegrini told the Citizens’ official website.
Manchester City, who last won the competition in 2014, will find out their semi-final opponents when the draw is made on Wednesday.