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Pellegrini: Aguero available for Capital One Cup final

  • 28 February 2014 13:27
  • Posted by @porter_mcfc

Manuel Pellegrini has declared he is still to decide whether Sergio Aguero is fit to play 90 minutes against Sunderland at Wembley.

Speaking to the media ahead of Sunday’s Capital One Cup final, the manager said that Aguero is available, but admitted he will monitor the Argentine’s recovery before making his decision.

Pellegrini also revealed the Blues will be without a trio of injured players, with Stevan Jovetic, Matija Nastasic and Richard Wright all being ruled out of the clash.

“Jovetic and Nastasic are both injured,” said the Chilean. “They cannot play on Sunday, and Richard Wright also has a problem. The rest of the squad is ok.

“I think it is very important for the team to have Sergio with us again because he is a very important player.

“We must see if he is 100% fit to play the whole match. I must decide tomorrow and see the way he is recovering from the work from this week.”

The Chilean is bidding to win his first trophy as City boss, and although he said he would be delighted with victory, he warned that the team will not be underestimating Sunderland, who present a tough test for the Blues.

He revealed: “I will be very happy if we achieve it because I think it reflects all your hard work from the year. I think we have played very well in the Capital One Cup because we won all our games, scored 19 goals and conceded just one. I think it is very important to win the cup.

“It is important for this club to win titles. To win this first title at Wembley is very important."

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“It is always dangerous to play against any team. Sunderland also have a lot of motivation to win, exactly the same as we do.  Maybe we are the favourites but we cannot forget that Sunderland eliminated Chelsea and Manchester United, big teams. They are defiant. I am sure it will be a very close game.”

Pellegrini has had to make full use of his squad in the Capital One Cup this season, with a packed calendar of games in all competitions, and the boss admitted that choosing the starting line-up on Sunday will be tricky.

“It is not easy to choose the starting XI,” he reflected. “I think all players deserve to play. A lot have played the whole Capital One Cup, but the other players have played in the Premier League, FA Cup or Champions League, because in that moment it was necessary for them to play in that competition.

"I don’t choose them for one competition or another. If we win the title all the players will benefit, so I will try to choose the best starting XI for this team as I have done in all the other games.”

The fixture list has been hotting up since the New Year, but this week has given Pellegrini a rare seven days to work with his squad ahead of the trip to London.

He said: “I think we have worked very well this week. 

"It is important to have a complete week to recover, and to have the chance to do things we normally cannot do because we are playing too often." 

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"I think it has been a very useful week for us but now we must demonstrate that in the match.”

He added: “It is beautiful to play a final at Wembley, but is awful to lose it. I am sure that all of them will be 100% motivated to win this time.”

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