Watford head coach Beppe Sannino believes Manchester City can compete for four trophies this season

'I am used to seeing Manchester City on television': Beppe Sannino. Picture: Action Images

'I am used to seeing Manchester City on television': Beppe Sannino. Picture: Action Images

First published in Sport by , Group Sports Editor

Beppe Sannino felt it was a “gift” to play at the Etihad Stadium and believes Manchester City are capable of competing for four trophies this season.

The Hornets were on track to cause a major FA Cup shock yesterday as they led 2-0 at the interval through goals from Fernando Forestieri and Troy Deeney. But after a disappointing first-half display, City found the attacking form that has made them such a free-scoring side this season as a Sergio Aguero hat-trick and Aleksandar Kolarov’s long-range strike kept Manuel Pellegrini’s side in the hunt for an unprecedented quadruple.

The Hornets head coach said: “It was a gift and my players deserved that reward because they were able to get through the cup. To play in this stadium with amazing supporters is a gift.

“After this kind of game you can be a little disappointed but I am the kind of person who looks at it with perspective.

“I think if you analyse the game you could look at it from different angles and with different opinions but overall I am happy.

“Before today Manchester City had scored 106 goals this season and against the majority of teams they played against.

“I am proud of my team and my lads because in the first 60 minutes they couldn’t score against us and we caused them some problems. I am very happy and I hold on to those feelings.”

Asked about the Capital One Cup finalist’s hopes of possibly also winning the Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup, Sannino replied: “I am used to seeing Manchester City on television. Tonight I saw them from the touchline.

“They have a lot of extraordinary players. I think they can compete for all four trophies but football is also very unpredictable so they have to focus on every single game.

“I only wish we had a similar problem at Watford because now the Championship is our one target.”

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11:44am Sun 26 Jan 14

Essex Hornet says...

It was a long journey but boy was it worth it. The first 45 minutes will stay long in the memory for the two goals, the way we played and the tremendous vocal support from our fans. The second half was always going to be tough and when I saw Kompany and Zaberletta coming on it you knew they were going to throw everthing at us. There are many things we can analayse about the game but the simple fact is the City team cost £164million and our team cost £500k. Something had to give and in the end we were undone by a world class striker and a silly goal that Bondy would normally save in his sleep.

I was proud of all the players and everyone associated with the club. In life we all make mistakes but no one should be blamed for this defeat. We played above ourselves for most of the game and were a great credit to the championship.

If you made the joureny up there and sang your heart out for the lads you should also be proud. The vocal support was superb and kept going for most of the match. I don't think the City fans got what they were expecting on and off the field because Watford certainly matched them in the singing stakes.

Hopefully we can take this belief into the Championship and climb up the league. COYH
It was a long journey but boy was it worth it. The first 45 minutes will stay long in the memory for the two goals, the way we played and the tremendous vocal support from our fans. The second half was always going to be tough and when I saw Kompany and Zaberletta coming on it you knew they were going to throw everthing at us. There are many things we can analayse about the game but the simple fact is the City team cost £164million and our team cost £500k. Something had to give and in the end we were undone by a world class striker and a silly goal that Bondy would normally save in his sleep. I was proud of all the players and everyone associated with the club. In life we all make mistakes but no one should be blamed for this defeat. We played above ourselves for most of the game and were a great credit to the championship. If you made the joureny up there and sang your heart out for the lads you should also be proud. The vocal support was superb and kept going for most of the match. I don't think the City fans got what they were expecting on and off the field because Watford certainly matched them in the singing stakes. Hopefully we can take this belief into the Championship and climb up the league. COYH Essex Hornet
  • Score: 22

2:46pm Sun 26 Jan 14

lutondown says...

Essex Hornet wrote:
It was a long journey but boy was it worth it. The first 45 minutes will stay long in the memory for the two goals, the way we played and the tremendous vocal support from our fans. The second half was always going to be tough and when I saw Kompany and Zaberletta coming on it you knew they were going to throw everthing at us. There are many things we can analayse about the game but the simple fact is the City team cost £164million and our team cost £500k. Something had to give and in the end we were undone by a world class striker and a silly goal that Bondy would normally save in his sleep.

I was proud of all the players and everyone associated with the club. In life we all make mistakes but no one should be blamed for this defeat. We played above ourselves for most of the game and were a great credit to the championship.

If you made the joureny up there and sang your heart out for the lads you should also be proud. The vocal support was superb and kept going for most of the match. I don't think the City fans got what they were expecting on and off the field because Watford certainly matched them in the singing stakes.

Hopefully we can take this belief into the Championship and climb up the league. COYH
We didn't just match their fans we whacked em vocally
I'm proud of my team and fans
[quote][p][bold]Essex Hornet[/bold] wrote: It was a long journey but boy was it worth it. The first 45 minutes will stay long in the memory for the two goals, the way we played and the tremendous vocal support from our fans. The second half was always going to be tough and when I saw Kompany and Zaberletta coming on it you knew they were going to throw everthing at us. There are many things we can analayse about the game but the simple fact is the City team cost £164million and our team cost £500k. Something had to give and in the end we were undone by a world class striker and a silly goal that Bondy would normally save in his sleep. I was proud of all the players and everyone associated with the club. In life we all make mistakes but no one should be blamed for this defeat. We played above ourselves for most of the game and were a great credit to the championship. If you made the joureny up there and sang your heart out for the lads you should also be proud. The vocal support was superb and kept going for most of the match. I don't think the City fans got what they were expecting on and off the field because Watford certainly matched them in the singing stakes. Hopefully we can take this belief into the Championship and climb up the league. COYH[/p][/quote]We didn't just match their fans we whacked em vocally I'm proud of my team and fans lutondown
  • Score: 13

2:55pm Sun 26 Jan 14

buckler says...

Thought Bond was the only one handing out 'GIFT'S'
Thought Bond was the only one handing out 'GIFT'S' buckler
  • Score: -14

8:51am Mon 27 Jan 14

bristol hornet says...

buckler wrote:
Thought Bond was the only one handing out 'GIFT'S'
Give us a "gift" you plonker, and leave this forum for good!
[quote][p][bold]buckler[/bold] wrote: Thought Bond was the only one handing out 'GIFT'S'[/p][/quote]Give us a "gift" you plonker, and leave this forum for good! bristol hornet
  • Score: 1

9:35am Mon 27 Jan 14

solefull says...

Well done to lads, so impressed with their performance. Let's get in the play-offs now.
Well done to lads, so impressed with their performance. Let's get in the play-offs now. solefull
  • Score: 2

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