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Manuel Pellegrini: Man City boss must take Capital One Cup winners to the next level, says Jamie Redknapp
Manuel Pellegrini must take Man City to the 'next level' after scooping the League Cup, says Jamie Redknapp.
Last Updated: 04/03/14 9:54am
Chile-born Pellegrini guided the Citizens to a 3-1 Capital One Cup Final win over Sunderland at Wembley on Sunday afternoon to earn his maiden piece of silverware - the Intertoto Cup with Villarreal aside - since propelling River Plate to the Argentine top-flight title in 2003.
And Sky Sports pundit Redknapp feels the 60-year-old's next task is to lead his "wonderful squad" on to bigger things, namely the Premier League and Champions League crowns.
"Pellegrini is champion now and answered all of the question marks about never winning anything [in Europe], so he will be delighted about having a weight off his shoulders," said Redknapp.
"Jose Mourinho identified winning the League Cup as a way of setting standards at Chelsea when he first came in and it is important Pellegrini builds on this with City.
"He has got a dream job and wonderful squad that is also capable of winning the league this year - and there is no reason they can't turn things around against Barcelona in Europe either - so he has to take them to the next level."
Onetime City striker Niall Quinn - whose former side have now won the League Cup three times, after previous triumphs in 1970 and 1976 - believes Pellegrini is the perfect man to cope with the Blues' determination to achieve great things quickly.
And Quinn's former striker partner at beaten finalists Sunderland, Kevin Phillips, says wonder goals in the showpiece game from Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri show why City fork out such large sums on players.
Of the Etihad Stadium team, who suffered a shock loss to Wigan in the 2013 FA Cup Final, Quinn said: "They would have had a real problem if this hadn't gone their way.
"They are in a hurry to dominate world football but I think Pellegrini can now win other trophies as he strikes me as the sort of guy who takes things in his stride.
"I'm sure he will be able to build for the next trophy, so I really do feel he is the right man to bring them success in the next year or two and I was really impressed how he got City on the front foot in the second half against Sunderland [after ending the first period a goal down]."
Phillips added: "It wasn't vintage Man City and it took two world-class finishes from two players who were pretty ineffective throughout the game, in Toure and Nasri, to get the job done.
"They didn't respond how Pellegrini would have wanted, so perhaps that is a slight concern, but that's why you pay thousands and thousands of pounds a week to world-class players.
"They will now be full of confidence and looking forward to the run-in."