Due to significant investment Manchester City are now almost expected to be in the running for silverware on all fronts and this season they have threatened to do just that.
However, the past few weeks has seen City fall below their best and their League Cup victory over Sunderland is threatening to be their only success. Is the League Cup enough in Pellegrini's first season?
City's shock 2-1 home to defeat to Wigan Athletic in the quarter-final of the FA Cup left them with just the Premier League and Champions League to concentrate on this season. Pellegrini underestimated Wigan and perhaps made a mistake when he left out the likes of Vincent Kompany, Fernandinho and David Silva from his starting line-up.
Wigan's manager Uwe Rosler outthought the Manchester City boss with his tactics, which were similar to those used by Roberto Mancini against City in the FA Cup final last year.
The game also highlighted another error in judgement from Pellegrini. His signing of Martin Demichelis has not been his shrewdest move as the City defender was at fault for Wigan's first goal and was also to blame for City losing 2-0 at home to Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League tie.
Not only do City face an uphill struggle in the Champions League they have also slipped behind Chelsea in the race for the Premier League. Despite games in hand City are currently nine points adrift. I would certainly prefer the points advantage rather than the games in hand.
Pellegrini can point to the fact that City are generally playing some very attractive football at times, are very easy on the eye and are regularly finding the back of the net. He can also point to the fact that he has ensured that City have progressed from the group stages of the Champions League for the first time, albeit from a much weaker group than previous years.
Will that be enough for City's billionaire owners? Modern football is all about immediate success and instant gratification, there is very little patience nowadays. Who knows what is going through the minds of the City hierarchy and whether they will be satisfied with the solitary League Cup success.
All things were rosy in the City camp just a few weeks ago but now the pressure is on can Manuel Pellegrini and his City players deliver when it matters?
Roberto Mancini left City only a season after capturing their first league title in decades and after losing in an FA Cup final.
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