Chelsea v Manchester City
The FA Cup with Budweiser
4pm, Sunday 14 April 2013
Winning club receives £900,000, losing club receives £450,000 from The FA's Prize Fund
Live on ITV
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Roberto Mancini believes Manchester City’s FA Cup success in 2011 helped spur them on to win the Premier League the following season.
After beating rivals United in the Semi-Final two years ago, the City boss then guided his side to Cup glory against Stoke City courtesy of Yaya Toure’s second-half strike. It was the club’s first trophy for 35 years.
And they lifted the League title just 12 months later following a dramatic final day.
Mancini said: “Winning the trophy ended a long period without success for our club and it was evident what it meant to our fans.
“The absolute joy was clear to see and those two games at Wembley will never be forgotten by anyone who watched them or took part in them; certainly not by me, my staff or the players.
“I think, for our club, winning The FA Cup lifted a weight off the shoulders. It had been a long time since we had won a major trophy and in many ways it paved the way for our title-winning season.
“The FA Cup triumph gave us confidence, momentum and made us winners.”
Mancini believes the competition is held in high regard by City’s followers, with the Citizens’ fans filling out the Etihad for each of their home ties this season.
He added: “Our supporters feel very passionately about The FA Cup and they have proved that over and over again.
“We have sold out the Etihad for all our three home games this season and the atmosphere has been excellent. We also took up our full allocation when we went to Stoke.
“If anyone needed reminding of the enduring attraction of The FA Cup to supporters, they should have been at any of our ties.”
You can read the full interview with Mancini in the official FA Cup Semi-Final match programme, which is available to buy online, or download via Apple Newsstand