Despite the glaring omission of the League Cup from the Chief Executive's demands before the Chilean took the managers job, and a couple of changes in the side's selection last night, Pellegrini does seem to be serios about the League Cup.
Ferran Soriano said in May: “That may mean we win no trophy one year and two in another but on average I want one title a year. That includes the Champions League, the Premier League or the FA Cup. Is it a realistic aim? I think it is, yes, but I am talking about five years.”
The interesting omission then was the League cup. Judging by the line-up Pellegrini put out in City’s 5-0 win over Wigan Athletic, it looks as though it’s a competition he would like to win, but one that he wouldn’t really lose any sleep over if they were knocked out.
There were plenty of big money signings on show but the side was fundamentally different to the side that won comfortably away to Viktoria Plzen and then looked untroubled against Man United.
But if it came to the City board considering Pellegrini’s position in five years’ time, and there are a couple of League Cup wins in there to make five trophies, are they going to disregard it? I very much doubt it.
Pellegrini’s selection was interesting last night, he had some players that needed to get some minutes under their belt, he gave a couple of players the chance to impress as well as having a couple of big hitters. It seems like clever fixture management – though made easier by a very talented squad, and many players have shared in the momentum that has been built over the last week of 12 goals in three games.
Trophies are very much on the mind of Pellegrini, and there’s a big acknowledgement within his selection that he priorities, rightly, the Premier League and Champions League. But he certainly wouldn’t want to turn his nose up at any trophy.