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Pellegrini - League Cup success could be platform to Premier League title

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes success in the Capital One Cup this season could help his team's quest to be crowned Barclays Premier League champions. City go into today's league clash at Tottenham on the back of a midweek League Cup win at Sunderland. The last time City won the league, in 2014, they also won the League Cup at Wembley. Pellegrini believes a cup run can only help his team.


Kevin De Bruyne: "I just want to win"

Kevin De Bruyne Credit: PA

Kevin De Bruyne believes he will win titles at Manchester City after quitting the Bundesliga for a big-money Premier League return.

The 24-year-old attacking midfielder made just five senior starts in a previous spell at Chelsea before being allowed to leave by Jose Mourinho a little over 18 months ago.

It is understood City have paid a club-record fee of around £54million for the Belgian, who's signed a 6 year deal. Days before De Bruyne decamped to Germany in January 2014, Mourinho said: "We know that Kevin didn't adapt very well to the difficult life a Chelsea player has."

"I just want to win. I won two cups at Wolfsburg and I just want to keep on winning, and I think here's a good chance to win some titles with a team who have a lot of quality players. I want to reach the highest level possible. The most important thing is at the end of the season we can be happy and maybe have some titles."

– De Bruyne


Sterling bags a brace in Vietnam

Raheem Sterling Credit: PA Images

Raheem Sterling scored twice for Manchester City as his new side thumped a Vietnam national team 8-1 in the final match of their pre-season tour.

Aleksandar Kolarov and David Silva also scored two apiece while Marcos Lopes and Jose Angel Pozo grabbed the other goals in Hanoi.

It was City's fourth victory of the tour after wins over Adelaide United, Melbourne City and Roma, with a single defeat to Real Madrid, and Manuel Pellegrini's squad will now return to Manchester before travelling to Stuttgart at the weekend.

Pellegrini hails Sterling and youth while Yaya praises Hart

Manuel Pellegrini had words of support for Raheem Sterling, saying the forward will improve from playing with the likes of Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero.

Sterling made his City debut against Roma in a pre-season friendly.

Meanwhile midfielder Yaya Toure ha praise for Joe Hart, who scored a penalty and saved two, along with a warning that the goalkeeper would mention his exploits more than once:

Hart the hero as City win Sterling debut on penalties

Manchester City needed penalties to see of Italian side Roma in Raheem Sterling's debut for the club.

Sterling just over two minutes to open his City account, sliding the ball past Roma's keeper.

But the match finished 2-2, going to penalties, with Joe Hart scoring from the spot, before going on to save a spot kick from Rom'a Keita.

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