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City stay positive

London: Manchester City will be chasing the first trophy of the English season this weekend in an apparent mismatch with Sunderland in the League Cup final at Wembley.

Sergio Aguero could play for City after returning to training on Tuesday following a hamstring injury.

“A cup final is always special and this one is a chance for us to take a very positive step forward this season,” said City manager Manuel Pellegrini, who is trying to win his first piece of silverware for the club.

In the past four seasons, Sunderland won 1-0 in every game between the two at the Stadium of Light. The victory last November, when defender Phil Bardsley scored, will give hope.

“That game in particular gives us that belief that it is possible,” Sunderland manager Gus Poyet said.