Manuel Pellegrini pleased with strong second-leg showing

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says that he was pleased to see a "professional performance" as his side beat West Ham to book their place in the League Cup final.

Manuel Pellegrini said that it was important to maintain their good form after watching his Manchester City side ease into the League Cup final with a 3-0 win over West Ham United.

City had all but confirmed their place at Wembley after beating the Hammers 6-0 in the first leg on January 8, but the Chilean coach was pleased by his team's strong second-leg showing on Tuesday.

He told Sky Sports News: "Of course it was good to see a professional performance. It's easy to think that the tie was finished but I think it was important to reach the final winning all of our games.

"We scored 19 goals and conceded just one, so it was good to finish [the tie] the same way [we started].

"To reach a cup final is always important and now we hope we can win it. It's the same for me [whoever the opponent is in the final]. It will be difficult whoever it is. We will find out."

Manchester United entertain Sunderland in the second semi-final this evening.

Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini prior to kick-off against Blackburn during their FA Cup third round match on January 4, 2013
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