Capital One Cup final glory in Clichy's sights for Man City boss Pellegrini
MANCHESTER -- Gael Clichy wants Manchester City to win another trophy before Manuel Pellegrini leaves the club in the summer.
Clichy will get his first chance on Sunday when City face Liverpool in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley.
Pellegrini won two trophies in his first year at the club and Clichy hopes to add more to his collection before the Chilean goes in the summer to be replaced by Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola.
The Frenchman told reporters: "We have been together for three years now and we have to live in the present. The present is with Manuel Pellegrini and of course I always say as a player you play for different reasons -- you play for the chairman, the owner of the club, the fans and the manager, and yourself. There are enough arguments to win it. This trophy will be welcome for anyone who is involved this year with City.
"He reminds me a bit of [Arsenal manager] Arsene Wenger -- very calm, whatever situation we are in he always try to keep the players calm. That is a massive point for a manager and the players.
"You can have a reaction by telling off the players but sometimes you can gain a lot of confidence by being calm and he is the kind of manager that brings calmness to the dressing room.
"I think for this game he will be exactly the same. He will want us to play the way we want to play. With the quality we have, if we start the game well, there is no reason why we should not have a great game. Hopefully it will be one of those games where things go well for us."
The final could be their best chance of silverware this season with City six points behind leaders Leicester City at the top of the Premier League.
But the Sky Blues have a great chance of reaching the quarterfinals of the Champions League for the first time after Wednesday's 3-1 first-leg victory over Dynamo Kiev although Clichy says they must put that result to the back of their minds.
The 30-year-old said: "Sometimes you have to take what is there but we had a great night in Kiev. Let's put this in the past, because we don't want to think about this one any more.
"It is going to be a good game against Liverpool, a really tough team. It is a final. Often people say a final is played to be won, so never mind the way you win it as long as you win it, so we are going to try to play well and try to win it for the fans. It is the first trophy we can win this year and that is really important."
Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent. Follow him @jonnysmiffy.