Manchester City v Wigan Athletic
The FA Cup with Budweiser
5.15pm, Saturday 11 May 2013
Live on ITV & ESPN
Winning club receives £1.8m and runner-up £900,000
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Roberto Mancini knows that Manchester City cannot afford to under-estimate Wigan Athletic in Saturday’s FA Cup Final.
The Blues take on their north-west rivals at Wembley with City hoping to collect their second FA Cup title in three years.
And given the clubs’ contrasting fortunes in the Premier League this season, City go into the game as hot favourites to win in the eyes of many.
But City boss Mancini says his players have to overcome a confident and dangerous Latics side if they are to win The Cup.
Speaking to The FA Cup Final match programme, he said: “We are hungry to keep winning trophies and to make history. Everyone wants to add Manchester City’s name to the great FA Cup roll of honour for a sixth time.
“However, we know this will not be easy. We are overwhelming favourites in the eyes of neutral supporters and probably our own too.
“But the history of football, The FA Cup and City is littered with surprises. This is what we all love about this great game. We have to make sure we perform to our best.”
City’s Cup win against Stoke City in 2011 was the club’s first major honour in 35 years and was followed a year later by the Premier League title.
Currently sitting second in the league table, The FA Cup remains City’s last chance of silverware this season and it’s a competition which Mancini is fond of and believes sparked a turn in fortunes for the club.
He added: “There is no doubt that winning The FA Cup in 2011 helped prove to the team and our supporters that things had changed at the club.
“It gave everyone a self-belief and confidence that might have been missing after years of winning nothing and many changes of divisions.
“It was clear what that triumph meant to our fans. The relief and joy of first reaching The Final and then winning it will stay forever in the minds of those at the club.
“I believe that getting the better of Stoke City that day gave us momentum to go on and win the Premier League title.
“Because of the popularity of the competition with football supporters of all nationalities it also put us on a world stage and that helped attract players and new followers.
“Now we are back here at this fantastic stadium for another Final. The excitement and anticipation has not lessened at all just because it is so soon since the last Final.”
Read the full feature with Mancini in the official match programme for The FA Cup, which you can buy online here or in the iTunes Newstand by clicking here.
Manchester City v Wigan Athletic
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