Manchester City are headed to the semifinals of the Capital One Cup after beating Hull City 4-1 on Tuesday at the Etihad Stadium.
Hull, a top side in the second-tier Championship, didn’t not have enough to upset Premier League leaders City as they breezed through to the semifinals.
Wilfried Bony gave City the lead after just 12 minutes. City dominated possession, and in the 80th minute, Kelechi Iheanacho made it 2-0. Kevin De Bruyne scored twice in the span of five minutes to put City up by four before Andrew Robertson got Hull on the scoresheet in added time.
City manager Manuel Pellegrini was pleased with advancing to the next round.
“I am very pleased because that was a difficult game against a good team at the top of the table in the Championship,” Pellegrini told mcfc.co.uk after the win.
“More than that, we played our third game in less than one week – we played on Wednesday, Saturday and Tuesday – I think we had a very good response of the squad with different names.”
David Silva made his return to the starting XI after missing time with an injury. The 29-year-old Spanish international had a good showing and put in a man of the match performance.
“It was very important for David,” Pellegrini said. “The most important thing was to qualify for the semi-final – but it was also important for him to have 80 minutes after a long injury.
“It was also important for Bony to play for 65 minutes after he only recovered from a muscle injury a few days before Saturday, and it was good for Kelechi to score.
“He is a very young player. He wants to learn more every day and scoring goals is important for his development.
“It is great for all the players to be involved in all competitions.”