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Pellegrini: Man City players were calm in victory

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini said his players remained calm throughout the second half as they chased the Capital One Cup on Sunday.

City were 1-0 down to Sunderland at half-time after Fabio Borini scored early prompting Pellegrini to ask his side to remain calm and serene for the second lot of 45 minutes.

The Chilean, who took the reins at the Etihad this past summer, was aware that City had been beaten in the FA Cup final by Wigan Athletic last season and was simply hoping for a positive response as they went after the league cup at Wembley.

"Maybe what happened last year in the final was on their minds in the first half but I think that the most important thing was to calm the players and trust in them," Pellegrini said.

"I told the players they had 45 minutes to change the score. It was important for the players to be calm and they were."

Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri scored wonderful goals early in the second half before substitute Jesus Navas rounded out the comeback in the 90th minute.

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