Milner: Everyone is desperate to win at Wembley
- 02 March 2014 08:20
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
After weeks of excitement, the day is finally here.
We are now just hours away from kick off at Wembley in the Capital One Cup final.
So, whether you need something to read on your trip down to London, or something to whet your appetite even further while you wait to watch at home, the media round-up is here for you!
Sink your teeth into this little lot of previews, as players from both sides look ahead to today’s final clash….
Let’s start with James Milner, who is relishing another trip to Wembley. The England international is seeking to right the wrongs of last year’s FA Cup final, and add another unforgettable day to the memories of beating Manchester United in the semi-final in 2011.
The Guardian quotes Milner as saying: "You have to hold up your hands and say Wigan deserved it but it still hurts because chances of winning a medal don't come around too often. That's why it is silly to think of the League Cup as a lesser competition. You are in a Wembley final, you are desperate to win. Anyone would love to have the medal and a major trophy on their CV. When you reach Wembley you think of the amount of hours you have put in training throughout your life, all the games you have played up to that point and, if you win a trophy, it is there forever as a reward.
"Games at Wembley are an added bonus. One of my greatest memories is the day we beat United in the FA Cup semi at Wembley with half the ground doing the Poznan.
"The whole stadium was shaking, the memory will stick with me forever, and hopefully it was the same for the fans too."
"We know it is not cheap to attend these games, so giving the fans a good day out is definitely at the forefront of our minds."
Milner’s words have been echoed by Aleks Kolarov, who believes that every Premier League team would leap at the chance to be at Wembley today.
The Serbian told the Manchester Evening News: “Every trophy is important. Maybe the Champions League is the most important for any player but any trophy is important. Maybe in the first round the coach starts with the second team but you can see in latter stages everybody wanted to play.
“We reached the final and on Sunday it is the most important competition in England. If you asked any coach in the Premier League if they would want to win the Capital One Cup they would say 100 per cent yes.”
I think you’re bang on there, Aleks!
So, that’s what the Blues are saying, but what do the Black Cats make of it all?
Well, here are the thoughts of one very familiar face, as we welcome Adam Johnson back to the pages of mcfc.co.uk.
The former Blue is going to be lining up on the opposite side of the pitch today, as he bids to help stop City lifting the trophy and collect a winner’s medal of his own.
Vincent Kompany told mcfc.co.uk yesterday how highly he rates the winger, but Adam reckons Sunderland will have a difficult task ahead of them.
Johnson is quoted in the Independent as saying: "For me, they have the best squad in the league by far and it's going to be difficult, we all know that.
"But we have beaten them once already this season and we have had quite a good record in recent years against them.
"I remember being in the City side a few times coming here and struggling, so hopefully it will be like that again."
...Adam Johnson on the Capital One Cup final...
"We all know it's a massive, massive task for us, but it's a cup final and so many times over the years, it's not as simple as everyone expects it to go."
Well, that’s about it, and countdown begins!
See you then, Blues!