Fans of big clubs often look down on the League Cup but after last year’s run which saw City win it for the first time since 1976, there’s very few, I reckon, who wouldn’t fancy another crack at the trophy.
It all starts again on Wednesday night when we welcome Sheffield Wednesday to the Etihad, and to get a little bit of insight into out opponents, I had a quick chat with Laura Jones, a Wednesday fan and a columnist for the Sheffield Star.
How are Wednesday playing this season? You’re three points off the top of the Championship and unbeaten away from home, so it looks like it’s been a decent start.
We’re exceeding expectations so far. From what looked liked a weak looking defence in the pre-season, we’ve actually got the second best defence in the league. We’ve conceded fewer games this season than Manchester United did against Leicester!
Do you think you’ll go up?
I don’t think we’re ready for that at all. I’d be very surprised if we finished in the top 6. Top half of the table would do for me.
Who’s the dangerman City need to be aware of?
I think it would be misleading to say we have a danger man because we are lacking some creativity in the team. Our creative midfielders Sam Hutchinson and Kieran Lee are both injured and we miss their drive forward. Manchester City have to be more concerned about getting past Tom Lees and Kieran Westwood.
What are you memories of Nicky Weaver? He was involved in some truly great times when he was at City. I remember him scoring a penalty for Wednesday. It was a brilliant strike, if memory serves!
Nicky Weaver was always a great player for us. As a Wednesdayite it was nice to have him at the club. He’s now back with us as a goalkeeping coach. I remember the last time we played City, Weaver was in the opposition goal. Lee Bullen scored a cracking header against him.
Which City player do you most admire?
On his day Yaya Toure. He’s struggled for form this season but he’ll come good again.
Thoughts on Pellegrini?
Can’t say I’ve ever really thought about him very much. I don’t have quite the same feelings about him as Alan Pardew but then who knows what’s going off in his mind.
I would love a win but I think City will do it 2-1. It’ll be close. Don’t underestimate us!
Follow Laura on Twitter @YICETOR
Interview by Rob Pollard