Among the Leicester City squad for the Emirates FA Cup Final on Saturday will be Marc Albrighton.
The Tamworth-born winger has been with the Foxes since the summer of 2014, when he made the switch from Aston Villa, and has gone on to make almost 200 appearances for the club.
Now, after collecting a Premier League winners' medal back in 2016, the 31 year old is aiming to add an Emirates FA Cup title to the list and we caught up with him ahead of Saturday's Final.
- The Emirates FA Cup Final
- 5.15pm BST, Saturday 15 May 2021
- Wembley Stadium connected by EE
What’s the feeling in the camp ahead of the Emirates FA Cup Final?
I think we’re all just really excited for the game. The FA Cup Final is something you watch as a young boy and you dream of being there and playing in the Final one day. I’ve been to a Final as a fan and I’ve watched others on TV. It’s ultra special. There’s nothing you can do to change the fact that the FA Cup is one of the biggest cup finals in world football. It has so much history – everyone loves it.
What are your earliest FA Cup memories growing up?
The main one for me would be going to watch Aston Villa v Chelsea at the old Wembley, in 2000. That’s my clearest memory. Chelsea won 1-0 but the day out was incredible. I was in the [Villa] academy at the time and everything around it was amazing. I was lucky enough to get tickets with a lot of the other players in the academy at that time, and our families, and I remember walking up to the ground and all the colours, the fans and atmosphere. It’s a day I’ll never forget, and it’s an incredible memory to have.
How would it feel stepping on to the pitch for the Emirates FA Cup Final?
Surreal. When you actually take in the fact that it’s an FA Cup Final it feels quite big, but we’re also trying to treat it like any other game. This is the stage where we want to be and getting here is in line with what we want to achieve as a club, so we don’t want to over think it too much and get caught in the moment. We’ll treat it like another game, though.
There were some spectators inside the stadium for the semi-final, but today there’ll be around 6,250 Leicester fans inside. Are you excited to have some supporters pushing you on for the first time in a long while?
To have any fans inside will be a huge difference to what we’ve been used to throughout the season. To have some of our supporters in here will be amazing. For the fans inside the stadium it will be such a special occasion. And for us as players, it’s so good to have them to support us. Put all of that together and it will be a special moment for all of us lucky enough to be here. One thing’s for sure, the players will give everything to win the competition.
You can read the full interview with Marc in the official Emirates FA Cup Final match programme, which is now available to order.