Manchester City contest their first piece of major silverware under the tutelage of Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini on Sunday, March 2 when they take on Sunderland in the League Cup final at Wembley Stadium.
For Sky Sports pundit and former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie Redknapp, the veteran head coach at Eastlands, 60, would be wise to follow the example set by Jose Mourinho during the Portuguese's first spell in charge at Chelsea, where he treated the tournament as a massive opportunity to get an early piece of silverware in the cabinet, setting up a winning mentality during the run-in to the Premier League title.
A three-time title winner with previous clubs LDU Quito, San Lorenzo and River Plate, Pellegrini may place undue pressure on himself if he misses out on claiming the Capitol One trophy, like Arsene Wenger does continually with every season he fails to land a meaningful prize, says Redknapp.
'This could be a pivotal moment for Pellegrini,' he said to Sky Sports.
'I always remember when Jose Mourinho took over at Chelsea he identified the League Cup as a big trophy to win because it's the first one and, if you win it, it keeps everyone quiet.
'Look at Arsene Wenger, every year that goes by without a trophy at Arsenal the more pressure it brings. So Pellegrini will be looking to get one in the bag, give City a bit of confidence and then re-focus on trying to win the Premier League and turning around their deficit to Barcelona in the Champions League.'
Pellegrini is on course for a historic quadruple as City remain in four competitions - the final of the League Cup, have an FA Cup quarterfinal to contest versus Wigan Athletic, are placed third in the Premier League but have a game in hand over Arsenal and table-topping Chelsea but are 2-0 down at the halfway stage of their Champions League Round of 16 two-legged clash with Barcelona.
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