Kompany wary of Wigan
- 10 May 2013 09:19
- Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc
The countdown to the FA Cup final clash has officially begun and although City go into the match as favourites, Blues captain Vincent Kompany has urged caution.
Although the Latics are currently fighting relegation, the skipper referenced last month's game against the Latics as proof that Roberto Martinez’s side should not be taken lightly.
“Kompany has warned that the FA Cup final against Wigan will be much tougher than many think,” reports the Daily Mail.
“City are odds-on favourites to claim the trophy at Wembley on Saturday, with Wigan's preparations having been overshadowed by their battle against relegation.
“Yet, despite the Latics being in deep trouble at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League, Kompany rates them highly.
“Wigan outplayed City for large spells of their meeting at the Etihad Stadium last month - only to lose to a late Carlos Tevez goal - and Kompany thinks they have been one of the season's toughest opponents.
“That is some compliment from the skipper of a side that has faced two Champions League semi-finalists in Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid this term.”
Elsewhere, the Blues are allegedly eyeing Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic, according to The Sun.
“Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal are all keen on one of Europe’s hottest talents,” writes Tony Little.
“The attacking midfielder, 23, joined the Italian giants from French side Lyon in August 2011 for more than £9million.
“But his blistering performances have seen his value soar to £20m.”
Finally, as the season draws to a close, former Liverpool and Real Madrid star Steve McManaman has given his backing to Roberto Mancini.
“McManaman believes Manchester City should stick with Roberto Mancini regardless of whether or not they beat Wigan in the FA Cup final on Saturday,” reports John Stammers of goal.com.
“While the ex-England midfielder, who ended his career with a short spell at Eastlands, wouldn't be overly shocked if the Italian was sacked he insisted the 48-year-old should, and probably will, be given more time.
“However the 41-year-old suggested the club's owners will be expecting more prestigious honours in the future are likely to be disappointed with this season even if Mancini does bring them the trophy on Saturday.”