Capital One Cup fever hits press
- 01 March 2014 08:08
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
With just one day to go until City take to the Wembley pitch, Capital One Cup fever has officially hit.
There’s little else of note in this morning’s headlines, so let’s get straight into it with a preview from Samir Nasri, who is hoping to change his experience of the famous ground.
The Frenchman was part of the Arsenal side that lost the League Cup final to Birmingham, before finishing as a runner up to Wigan with City last summer, and he is determined this time he will be on the winning side.
Nasri told the Manchester Evening News: “I lost two finals against teams who went down! I cannot choose which was more painful.
“At the moment Wembley has unhappy memories for me. They were similar games. We were heavy favourites to win both. The team that beat us went down.”
“I think it is time I won a trophy there. It will mean everything. I chose this club three years ago to win trophies."
“I won the league in my first season. I lost the FA Cup in my second season and now it is important to win this cup.”
Elsewhere, there is much speculation of Manuel Pellegrini’s starting XI, particularly the identity of the man between the posts.
The manager certainly isn’t telling the press as yet, but Costel Pantilimon has explained that it’s the manager’s decision, and that everyone wants to play.
The Daily Star quote him as saying: “For the team and for the club it is an important game – it is the final and it’s normally something important for us.
“But only the manager can say if I will play or not. I’m like all the players, we are waiting for this.
“We don’t know what the team is going to be. The manager decides on the day of the game the first XI.”
And City fans everywhere will be eagerly awaiting the announcement, I’m sure!
Meanwhile, in the red and white striped corner, Gus Poyet has promised a ‘special’ day, and he believes winning the Capital One Cup will be more important for Sunderland fans than the prospect of relegation.
The Black Cats have struggled in the league this season, but knocked out Chelsea and Manchester United on their way to Wembley in this competition.
The Sunderland manager is quoted in the Guardian as saying: "It's going to be special. This is my first season here and everything was very, very dark and sad when I arrived. Here and now we are 90 minutes, or 120, away from being the happiest people in England.
"The feeling of winning something is far beyond going down, spending two years in the Championship."
"Why? You need to be here for 20 years and feel it like them, or not reach a final for 15 years, or not win one for more than 40. Only the people who have been here in the city supporting the club for so long really know. They have the feeling, not me. Me, I can say it but I can't feel it. You need to listen to them and that's why it's an incredible opportunity.
"I notice, especially in the young ones, they are going to be there and they are flying. They are so excited. It's almost like they haven't thought about who we are playing. They are just thinking about what they are going to do if we win the cup, which is good. It's a feeling, sometimes when you are inside the football club, that you don't realise. The players need to feel that, it's important to have the feeling of the fans.”
If your appetite for build up hasn’t yet been sated, we’ve got lots of content for you to digest. Watch Manuel Pellegrini’s press conference, or read the thoughts of Fernandinho here, Yaya Toure here, and Pablo Zabaleta here.
That little lot should keep you busy for a while, but fear not! There’s even more to come today on mcfc.co.uk so keep your eyes on the website.
See you tomorrow for the Sunday papers, for no doubt even more Wemberlee, Wemberlee….