Date: 28th January 2016 at 9:29am
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Manager Manuel Pellegrini has said that Manchester City deserve their trip to Wembley following last night’s second leg Semi Final victory over Everton.

Having trailed in the Capital One Cup Semi’s on aggregate following the Goodison Park two one loss, City stepped it up a gear to take a three one victory at the Etihad with goals coming from Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero.

This was after the scare of Everton extending their aggregate score early on with a fine goal from Ross Barkley.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press interviews, Pellegrini was obviously delighted with how the night played out for the side and he felt that we were more than worthy winners on the evening and deserved the Final spot against Liverpool.

He was also unconcerned by the ball being out when Raheem Sterling set up De Bruyne for the second goal as whilst that decision went for us – plenty of others on the night didn’t with another soft refereeing performance.

One which of course ultimately saw Kevin De Bruyne stretched off and left us down to ten men to see the game out.

With a certain reap what you sow attitude following decisions in the first leg, the gaffer said.

‘I am very happy, to play a final at Wembley, it is very important. It`s a special stadium with a special atmosphere. When you have two teams like City and Liverpool playing a final, it`s even more special. We scored 18 or 19 goals in this tournament – we lost just one game against Everton but it was a game of 180 minutes and I think we played this semi-final in an intelligent way.’

Questioned specifically about the ball being out.

‘I just saw it – maybe it was a mistake of the referee but one thing Everton cannot complain about is the referee. We lost the first game to a clear offside goal and we didn`t get a clear penalty for a foul on Jesus Navas. We drew in the Premier League when a clear penalty wasn`t given for the foul on Raheem Sterling. We were the best team on this night and we deserve to be in the final.’

That of course hasn’t stopped the media from showing that clip more often than the result since the full time whistle.

As for the serious looking injury to our Belgian summer signing, Pellegrini confirmed he was fearing the worst and initial indications were ligament damage for De Bruyne which will obviously be a blow for both player and club.

‘The doctor thinks, but he cannot be sure, that it`s a problem in his medial ligament. We`ll see how it is but it`s impossible to know before tomorrow. I`m optimistic he won`t be out for the rest of the season. We`ll see how important the damage is. It`s not the cruciate ligament, it`s the medial we think. Kevin has been a very important player all season. He didn`t start this game as we have nine games between now and next month. It is difficult to know. He is with the doctor, it could be the medial ligament. Tomorrow we will have more news but it is not a nice injury.’

Fingers crossed it will be a lay off of the shorter kind and not a cruciate problem.

Edit – there are now photos of De Bruyne doing the rounds that show his leg strapped up but with a pretty happy smile on his face so fingers crossed that’s a good indication.

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