Manuel Pellegrini: We must help English teams who are playing in the Champions League

21 Feb

“The score I was unhappy about. But I think there are a lot of positive things about the young players.

“Maybe it’s not the best thing to do it with all of them together, but I couldn’t have any other choice because I have just 13 players.

“I think if one team respect all the cups it’s this team. That’s why we’re in the final of the Capital One Cup. That’s why we won two previous games in this cup. Today we couldn’t because we had more important things at the current moment.”

Goals from Diego Costa, Willian, Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and Bertrand Traore saw Chelsea through to a quarter-final tie at Everton. David Faupala scored for City.

Chelsea won the FA Cup seven years ago when Guus Hiddink was also interim boss, beating Everton 2-1 in the final.

“I have good memories of the 2009 final, but that is in the past,” said Hiddink, whose men are also in the Champions League and are 2-1 down from their first leg against PSG.

“But they (Everton) may well remember that game as well and want some revenge.”


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