Manuel Pellegrini calls on Manchester City to fight for trophy treble
MANCHESTER -- Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini wants to secure his first trophy of a potential treble in the Capital One Cup final on Sunday.
City face Liverpool at Wembley, where Pellegrini hopes victory will spur his side on to further success in the remainder of the season.
They are in a strong position to reach the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time after beating Dynamo Kiev away 3-1 in the round-of-16 first leg.
And manager Pellegrini has not abandoned hope of making up the six-point gap to leaders Leicester City at the top of the Premier League.
The Chilean told a news conference: "I think it's a very important week.
"We won the first leg against Dynamo Kiev. We have not finished that tie, but I think we got an important result away and now we hope we qualify for the quarterfinal at home.
"To play in a final at Wembley against a big team like Liverpool is very important for us, and it is always important to try to win the first trophy of the season.
"I always want to win all the trophies in which I participate, because it's my mentality and it must be the mentality of a big club always."
A treble would see Pellegrini go one better than the Capital One Cup and Premier League double he achieved in his first season with City in 2014.
He added: "This season is different, but to win a title in February will give us a lot of trust to keep fighting in the other competitions.
"We have another 36 points to play for, we are six points behind the league leaders but we are not giving up and we are going to fight to the end."
Wilfried Bony, Jesus Navas and Eliaquim Mangala have returned to first-team training and should be available for the final, while Vincent Kompany, Raheem Sterling and Bacary Sagna are nursing slight knocks from midweek.
Pellegrini said: "The players are recovering from the last game they played. Bony, Mangala and Navas are training now with the squad, so I hope those three are available for the game.
"Bacary Sagna, Vincent Kompany and Raheem Sterling are recovering separately after the game, but I hope the three of them will be fit."
Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent. Follow him @jonnysmiffy.