Manchester City players celebrating winning the Capital One Cup. (©GettyImages)
Manchester City players celebrating winning the Capital One Cup. (©GettyImages).

Manchester City stun Sunderland to win Capital One Cup

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini saw his side beat Sunderland 3-1 to win his first trophy in England.

It could have been a day to forget for Manchester City following the first half. An early shock upset was on the cards as on-loan Liverpool striker Fabio Borini dispatched an Adam Johnson through ball following a fast break from Sunderland; giving them a dream start, continuing their incredible cup form.

After defeating Chelsea and Manchester United on their way to Wembley, Sunderland undoubtedly carried this momentum into the final to score within the first ten minutes.
However, Manchester City weren't going to make the same mistake as they did in last year’s FA Cup Final, when they lost to Wigan 1-0.

The Sky Blues came out in the second half, focused on turning the game around to sweep the cup away from Sunderland's reach. 

They did just this as two spectacular second-half goals came in quick succession for Manchester City.

Yaya Toure converted from 25 yards with what was to be an extravagant finish. A powerless Vito Mannone could only watch the dominant Ivorian score the equaliser. 

Sunderland’s failure to convert the first-half chances they had came back to haunt them as Samir Nasri latched onto a Aleksandar Kolarov cross to strike the ball into the net with the outside of the foot. Nasri’s goal was one minute after Toure’s, showing their desire to succeed and their drive to score goals; which they have had throughout this season.

Manuel Pellegrini’s decision to bring on Jesus Navas for Sergio Aguero was effective as his blistering pace disrupted Sunderland’s defence.

The Spanish winger added a third, after being setting up by Yaya Toure. This sealed the deal for Manchester City and secured the League Cup trophy.

Some may argue that Manchester City haven’t won enough trophies since their recent takeover. However, with the FA Cup, Premier League and now the Capital One Cup safe in that trophy cabinet (all won in the last four seasons), along with the opportunity of more trophies available to them this season, why can’t they be classed as one of the best clubs in world football?

The ultimate prize for Manchester City would be that looming prospect of the quadruple, which has been the word of many people involved with Manchester City this season.

With the fitness of Argentine Sergio Aguero regained, could this be the well needed moral boost for Manchester City in order for them to achieve the perfect awards they aspire to?

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