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Aston Villa knocked City out of the Capital One Cup last season
The priorities will be the Premier League and the Champions League, which means the FA Cup and the Capital One Cup (the League Cup, in old money) will have to go into the "nice to have" category.
Make no mistake, the loss in the FA Cup final hurt the club hard and the venerable competition still appeals to huge swathes of fans around the world. Wigan’s win pleased the romantics, but it was a blow to Blues fans. However, even a win for City would not have been enough to save Roberto Mancini.
Coming so early in the season, the Capital One Cup could be seen as a distraction, but it may prove to be a rare chance for some of the younger players to make an impression.
John Guidetti, Abdul Razak, Dennis Suarez and Marcos Lopes—if they are not on loan—could get the nod and, if they do, they need to take their chance as the odds are their opportunities will be few and far between.
Lopes scored as a sub in the FA Cup third round win over Watford in January, and with the owners demanding he take an interest in the younger players, Pellegrini may be shuffling his pack earlier this coming season.