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Published: 22:23 | 27/1/16

Pellegrini: We deserve to be in the final

Roberto Martinez furious

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes that his side deserves to go to Wembley, despite controversy over Kevin de Bruyne's goal in their 3-1 win over Everton.

With the game balanced at 1-1 on the night, and 3-2 to Everton on aggregate, Raheem Sterling brought the ball out of play before crossing for De Bruyne to fire home to make it 2-1 to City.

This goal seemed to spark City into life and they wrapped up the victory through Sergio Aguero and Pellegrini is delighted to be in another Capital One Cup final.

"I am very happy, to play a final at Wembley, it is very important,” said the City boss.

"We deserved to be in the final, we had just one defeat - that was against Everton with a clear penalty.

"They scored at 1-0 and it was a clear foul. If you think because of that ball [Sterling to de Bruyne], that is not why we won.

"We won because we scored three goals and Everton had just one chance."

Roberto Martinez, on the other hand, was furious with the officials failure to spot that the ball was out of play before Kevin de Bruyne’s goal.

"Everyone that has seen the replay can clearly see the ball is out of play.

“The tie was a real good football game. You don’t expect to concede a goal in that manner. It's very, very hard to take,” said a clearly upset Martinez.

"City are a very good side. If they score three goals in the right way then you accept it. The first goal was a deflected shot, but the second goal the ball was clearly out before it was crossed in.

However, the Everton manager backed his players to bounce back from the disappointment and hopes they can use it as inspiration in the future.

"We have a very good group of young players. I hope we take this display as inspiration."

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