Kompany: Cup final defeat drives me on
- 25 February 2014 07:38
- Posted by @NieldyMCFC
A real mixed bag of cup final-previews, call-ups and even one or two transfer rumours thrown in for good measure adorn the pages (both paper and pixel) of the media this morning…
Jeremy Cross reports in the Daily Star that Blues’ skipper Vincent Kompany is looking to banish the painful memory of last season’s FA Cup Final defeat to Wigan when City return to the scene of the crime this Sunday in search of their first trophy of the season:
“Kompany admits he was left devastated when City suffered their crushing defeat to relegated Wigan at Wembley.
“But the Belgium ace reckons the pain of that afternoon made him a stronger person and even more determined to make amends.
“He said: “In the back of my mind, I still have the defeat against Wigan last season.
It’s not a negative, it has been my drive and is possibly the best thing that has happened in that it has given me even more hunger.
““You realise how precious it is to you and your people. It’s alright saying the FA Cup is this, or the Capital One Cup is this, but it really matters.
““And it doesn’t feel nice to go all that way and then, just before the end, you see it taken away from you.
““There are no hard feelings in the sense that we didn’t deserve it that day, but obviously with the talent we have in this squad, you just want to make sure everyone puts in a performance on the day.
““All I know is that it will be a football game like any other, and I just want the whole team to be at its best on the day.
““Emotionally it was tough, and it was something I took on board. I learned a lot from it. After that game, I have never wanted to win trophies so badly.”
Let’s hope you’ll be doing just that and lifting the Blues’ first League Cup since 1976 on Sunday, Vinnie!
As reported in last night’s City Today, Emyr Huws has been called up to the Wales squad for the upcoming friendly against Iceland. The 20 year old midfielder has impressed during his loan spell at Birmingham this season following making his first team bow at City as a substitute in the FA Cup victory of Blackburn at the Etihad.
The Guardian pick up the story, quoting Wales boss Chris Coleman:
“”He is a young player who deserves his chance. He has done very well through the ranks at Manchester City and now, recently, has really done well on loan at Birmingham City.
“"With Aaron Ramsey still being unavailable, it is a good chance to have Emyr with us and show us what he can do in training."
“"It is a shame we haven't got him [Ramsey] but Arsenal have been fantastic with the information they have given us. Unfortunately he is not going to make this one. Maybe he will be fit a week or two afterwards if all goes well in his rehabilitation."”
The Blues are reportedly on ‘alert’ following Barcelona ‘keeper Victor Valdes admitting that it is his desire to move to the Premier League.
The Mirror’s John Cross reckons that the Spain stopper “is set to leave the Nou Camp this summer and Monaco have been favourites to land the Spaniard on a free transfer.
“But Valdes has told his advisers to sound out potential options in the Premier League.
“The 32-year-old has played 19 times for Spain, despite often finding his path blocked by the likes of Iker Casillas and Pepe Reina in the last few years.
“He has won six La Liga titles, as well as three Champions Leagues with the Catalan side.”