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Season 2013/14

Zabaleta: We must stay focused

  • 28 February 2014 13:36
  • Posted by @dclayton_mcfc

Pablo Zabaleta believes City have shown how their determination to win the Capital One Cup in every round the Blues have been involved in so far.

City began their quest for a trophy last won in 1976 by comprehensively seeing off Wigan by a score of 5-0 in round three, followed by a tricky 2-0 extra time win away to Newcastle and another win on the road – this time at Championship pace-setters Leicester – in the quarter-finals.

But Zabaleta was particularly proud of the emphatic way the Blues saw off the challenge at West Ham in the semi-finals.

After thrashing Sam Allardyce’s men at the Etihad, City all-but booked their place in the final with a second leg still to come – and it was the latter game which Zaba believes was evidence of the Blues’ focus on winning the competition.

“The 6-0 home win over West Ham was a great all-round team performance but for me, it was more impressive to go the second leg and win 3-0 because we played that game as though the aggregate score was still 0-0,” said the Argentine crowd favourite.

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“Sometimes, with such a big lead, teams go into games like that and maybe not play so hard or take it a bit easier but we played fantastic that night and were totally professional and that pleased me more than the first leg.”

Last season’s Player of the Year, with 229 appearances for City already under his belt, says Sunday’s final is the first stage of what everyone hopes will be a memorable campaign for the Club.

But he was keen to add a note of caution ahead of the clash with Gus Poyet’s men.

 

I know our fans are enjoying the season and the way we’ve been playing, but we need to stay completely focused because as things stand, we haven’t won a thing

 

...Pablo Zabaleta...

“We can’t relax in any game from now until the end of the campaign and we know we need to be at our best in every game we play in the final few months.

“If we want to achieve all our goals, starting on Sunday against Sunderland, we need to be at our best and be totally focused on playing our best.”

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