Even though City’s hopes retaining of retaining the Premier League faded some time ago, Manchester United mathematically sealed City’s and their own fate on Monday night by winning the title after beating Aston Villa 3-0. In what will largely be viewed as a disappointing season, City still have the chance to win the FA Cup and make it three successive seasons with silverware. City captain, Vincent Kompany, is determined this season can still be a good one if City lift the cup when they take on Wigan in the Final. He said:
Having tasted success we obviously wanted to win the title again this year, but there are five or six clubs who started the season wanting to win the title as well and it’s not always possible. But our season also depends on our result in the Cup final and we shouldn’t forget that.
We know it won’t be easy, especially as the pitch at Wembley is bigger than any other pitch in the world. It’s enormous, trust me! The impression it gives you, whether it’s the 90,000 fans or the actual size of the pitch itself, it’s huge.
After picking up three undeserved points against Wigan last Wednesday Kompany is acutely aware of the threat that they pose and is confident there won’t be a repeat performance at Wembley. City were outplayed by Roberto Martinez’s side and were spared blushes thanks to a piece of individual brilliance from Carlos Tevez and some last ditch defending. Kompany said:
Wigan play good football, their coach is Spanish, and they play in a system which is unique in the Premier League. They play 3-5-2, which means you have little time to get organised or get re-organised against a team like that. There’s a risk, but we were woken up when we played earlier this month and there won’t be a surprise this time.
If City do win the FA Cup it will go some way to compensate for the disappointing league campaign. For a club bereft of success for decades you won’t find too many City fans who will be disappointed with just the FA Cup this season.
Written by Robert Toole