Pellegrini: I've finally won over fans
By Mark Smith
Manuel Pellegrini is convinced that he has finally won over the fans of Manchester City with his thrilling brand of football.
After their FA Cup final defeat to Wigan last year, some fans of the club were chanting "You can stick your Pellegrini up your a***" in support for then boss Roberto Mancini.
Ten months on and Pellegrini has ensured those fans who were hostile towards him are now firmly behind him, as they are still on course for the quadruple.
Asked what has changed since that day at Wembley Pellegrini said: "Well, I hope at least the songs," Pellegrini told the Daily Mirror.
"I know what happened last year, I think Mancini deserved the support of the fans because he won the title here for the first time in 44 years.
"Everyone knows how passionate the fans are here, but I felt from the moment that I arrived they accepted what the club did and I think they are very happy with the team this year and the way we play and to be in another final.
"So I'm absolutely sure that all the supporters will back our team and be supporting us the whole match."
When questioned if City's huge amount of goals this season has earned some support for him and the club he said: "I suppose that's an important reason for any supporter of any club, they want to go to the stadium and see their team scoring goals.
"This season has maybe been special in that sense because in a lot of competitions we have been scoring a lot of goals."
Pellegrini does not need to warn his players of potentially underestimating weaker opposition after last years defeat in the FA Cup final.
Pellegrini is convinced that his players will not be burdened by what happened last year and says they are simply focused on winning tomorrow.
"I'm absolutely sure that not one of the players who played in that final will be thinking about it this year, everything is different now."
Pellegrini's managerial nemesis, Jose Mourinho, was the last manager to win the League Cup trophy in his first season in the Premier League.
The Engineer knows that winning tomorrow could give City a huge boost to turn around their fortunes in the Champions League second leg clash with Barcelona.
"Of course it would be a big achievement to win it (The League Cup) because it's not easy when you've just arrived from another league and you don't know a lot about the players, the club and other teams.
"It's important for a manager to have a title to his name."