Ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup Final against Wigan here is part 1 of our Preview In Quotes which rounds up all of the talk from inside City. Roberto Mancini, Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure, Gael Clichy and Gareth Barry all have their say. See what they have to say below.
It is very important because it is a final, the second final in the last three years. It is important for us and the club. When you start the season you want to win the best trophies and more every year but it is not always possible. To get to this final, we have had a good season but not like last season where we won the Premier League.
I think it is the second trophy in England after the Premier League and an important trophy for everyone. It is a chance to get another Cup and we want to do a good job. I don’t think in the final there is one favourite. We had problems in the last final, Stoke played very well. To play the FA Cup final in Wembley is different. I think that the final is the final, it is not important what can happen in the Premier League.
After (the final) I think they have a chance (to stay up) because they have two games to stay in the Premier League. Also, (Roberto) Martinez is a very strong manager.
Every single time it is something very special. You shouldn’t take these kind of games for granted, they don’t always keep coming. It is unbelievable for us to do it again, and for the fans it is unbelievable as well.
We have to be respectful of every trophy we can get. If we win this one it will be massive for the club and something to cherish. If you win a trophy you should celebrate it, you consider it as a great achievement.
They are one of the more difficult sides we have played this season. You can see it’s a team that doesn’t fear keeping possession. When it’s going well for them they are a very difficult team to play against. We have to be careful.
It is very important to keep winning trophies and that is why I signed a new contract. I want to be part of the history of the club. We have already started that, we have already won some trophies. I hope there is going to be more, like the Champions League and the Premier League, like the FA Cup.
Every year is important for the club because we want this to be a big club. We let the Premier League trophy go to [Manchester] United but now we want to win this one. But it is going to be difficult because we can think Wigan will let the trophy go just because of the situation they are in now in the Premier League. For us, this will be a very important trophy.
It is not important if I score but that the team wins, that is the most important thing. You enjoy it more if you score and if a striker scores a winning goal, then you should give him the trophy. That [the goal against Stoke] was for me the most important strike because we could give silverware to the club and to the fans. That was the important thing we came here to achieve.
This is the only trophy left and we know it is going to be tough this Saturday. Wigan are a good football team with a fantastic manager. It is going to be tough but we are determined to achieve something for the club and for the fans. For the players it is very important.
Of course it was disappointing not to win the title, but we have a chance of winning the FA Cup and if we do it will still be a good season. We’ve also secured a place in the Champions League which is really important to us. But the first thing we must concentrate on is winning the FA Cup and we have to try our best to do this.
Finals are always very special and we know how important the FA Cup is and we have to try and win it. It’s a big occasion for us and we will be ready for it. Any team in England would be happy to finish second or third in the Premier League and win the FA Cup, so if we do it, it will still be a good season. Of course it was disappointing not to retain the title, but it is a big challenge to win it two years in a row. We’ll learn from this year and return stronger next season.
It’s fantastic. This is exactly why I made the tough decision to leave a club (Aston Villa) after so long to be playing in games like this more regularly. Hopefully we will have another trophy. I’m obviously really looking forward to it. It is the FA Cup final – every year it is a fantastic day. It was one that as a young kid growing up you look forward to watching so to be part of it, I’m really looking forward to it.
Compiled by Robert Toole