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
Buy the official match programme online here
Manchester City want to finish the season on a high by lifting The FA Cup for the second time in three years.
City’s 2011 Cup success was their first trophy for 35 years and the following season they went on to win their first League title since 1968.
They take on Wigan Athletic in Saturday’s FA Cup Final and first team coach David Platt insists the club now target silverware every season.
He said: “What you’ve got to do is win things. That’s what we’re in this for. We have to progress, we have to continue to be successful.
“Our expectation is to win football matches and to win trophies year on year. There is no pressure. The pressure we put on ourselves is far greater to be successful.”
Defender Matija Nastasic received his first taste of The FA Cup in City’s Fifth Round win over Leeds and the 20-year-old went on to cement his place in the first XI courtesy of a number of impressive performances.
The faith shown in him by manager Roberto Mancini has taken the Serbian by surprise but he wants to repay that faith by helping to clinch The FA Cup.
Nastasic admitted: “To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to play in this many games this season.
“I was certain it was going to take about six months, perhaps even the whole year, to get accustomed to life in England and to the style of football played.
“I’m very happy with the way things have turned out. I will do my best to honour the trust the club have shown.
“We all know what kind of competition this is and how much it matters to fans, players and coaching staff.
“Every time we play for a trophy it’s the most important game. The Cup Final against Wigan is the match of the season for us.
“This will be the first trophy of my career and I’d certainly remember it for the rest of my life.”
Platt concluded: “It’s a tremendous occasion, one that we are looking forward to immensely, one that we are not undervaluing in any shape or form.
“Undoubtedly we’re going to be the big favourites by virtue of our league positions and our recent history against Wigan.
“It’s going to be a very difficult game for us. We know what to expect but if we play to the levels we’re capable of I’m not too sure there are many teams that can stop us.”