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Friday 22 August 2014

Manuel Pellegrini urges Manchester City to maintain ruthless mindset

Manuel Pellegrini wants his side to keep scoring

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini wants no let up as he targets glory on all fronts with his free-scoring side.

Pellegrini now has a first trophy firmly in his sights after City eased into the Capital One Cup semi-finals with a comfortable 3-1 win at Leicester.

The City boss made eight changes for the tie but the team he fielded was still a formidable one and they had little difficulty taking their goal tally for the season to 75.

The performance may have lacked the fluency of last weekend's 6-3 thrashing of Arsenal, but it still provided evidence of how the whole squad have adapted to Pellegrini's attacking philosophy.

The Chilean said: "It is what we try to do. I said some months ago, when I arrived here that I liked my teams to play in an attacking way, to try to score goals everywhere and the most amount we can.

"It is important to continue that way and it is important to continue improving in defending and the way the team is playing.

"I don't know if we are intimidating other teams or not, but it is about trust for our team and we know in every game that we normally score goals. That is very good for the confidence."

The one baffling aspect of City's season to date is their poor away form in the Barclays Premier League.

While they have won all eight at home, scoring 35 goals in the process of doing so, they have lost four times on their travels.

Yet after following up last week's memorable win at Bayern Munich and hammering of Arsenal with their League Cup canter, it is clear they have momentum ahead of a trip to Fulham on Saturday.

Pellegrini wants to maintain that, not just for the Christmas period but for the rest of the season.

He said: "We must finish December first, we have three more important games in the Premier League, but we are just halfway through the season.

"It is not just this period. We have four or five more important months. We must continue in the same way."

The only downside for City, fresh from losing top scorer Aguero to a calf problem that could sideline him for two months, was an injury to defender Pablo Zabaleta in midweek.

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