Zabaleta up for cup glory
- 11 May 2013 09:04
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
As expected, this afternoon’s FA Cup Final clash with Wigan is top of the news agenda this morning.
Thousands of Blues are already on their way to the capital, where the City players will be aiming to add another piece of silverware to the collection with victory over the Latics.
One of this season’s star men, Pablo Zabaleta, is desperate to win the trophy and emulate the success of his famous countrymen, Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa, who won the trophy with Spurs in 1981 - beating City in the final.
Zaba told the Daily Mirror: “I wasn’t born until 1985, so I don’t remember them as players, but they are famous in Argentina and I’ve seen Villa’s goals in the final on the internet.
“They were like pioneers when they came over to England and joined Tottenham in 1978.
The defender has had a remarkable season, putting in many magnificent performances, and his contribution was recognised by his fellow pros when he was voted into the PFA Team of the Year recently.
He added: “Whoever plays, it is a game that we have to win.
“It has been a special season for me because I have been a regular player week in, week out. I’ve worked very hard to get into the team. Discipline and hard work are the keys to earn a place in that team.”
Meanwhile, in the opposition camp, Arouna Koné has identified his old friend and scorer of the winning goal in the 2011 final, Yaya Toure, as the game’s most influential man.
Toure’s compatriot has warned his Wigan teammates that they must stop the 29-year-old exerting his usual dominance if they are to lift the trophy themselves.
The Independent’s Robin Scott-Elliott writes: “The City midfielder and Wigan's top scorer have been close friends since playing for the Ivory Coast Under-19 side – Koné was a guest at a birthday party for one of Touré's children last Sunday – and Koné is all too aware of Touré's powerful ability.
"‘He is a really tough opponent, someone who thrives on possession, but if he doesn't have possession that frustrates him and that's something we will try and prevent,’ said Koné. ‘Yaya is like the lungs of the team – the vital organ. City are a great team but when he's there, there is something even more special. If we try and suffocate that lung then they are not the same team.’”
Come on City!