Media: "The city is hungry for lions to lift the FA Cup"


It is the last day of the FA Cup and there is no lack of attention in the media, since Manchester City is preparing to face Watford with history in our eyes.

A triumph at Wembley will not only guarantee the sixth Cup victory for the Club, but will also see Pep Guardiola & # 39; s will become the first English team to win a national quadruple championship, FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Community Shield.

In building the occasion, there are passionate words by skipper Vincent Kompany of City's relentless desire for more silverware.

Meanwhile, some leading experts have looked ahead to the game and given their verdicts while C & W is also a warning to the city from the talisman of Watford Troy Deeney.

But we started with some exciting words from our inspired skipper Kompany who, in an interview with Sky Sports, revealed that the appetite for the team's success was insatiable.

Sky scribe: "Kompany claims that Manchester City has the" hunger for lions "as they try to secure an internal hat-trick with the victory over Watford in Saturday's FA Cup final.

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"Pep Guardiola's team won their second trophy of the season on Sunday, as they finally won the Liverpool game with a 4-1 win in Brightonto and concluded an exciting race for the Premier League title.

"City captain Kompany, who won nine major trophies during his Etihad period, said:" It is not about adding that result to my CV – I don't care about my CV.

"I know this team and I'm like a bunch of lions, when this team is hungry, it's such a special team.

"I will do everything I can to put some blood in the water, so this team becomes even more hungry.

"We are a great team and there is no denying this, I am so eager to play the FA Cup final. I am so motivated."

Several experts also said to look forward to the Cup final – and the thought of both Mark Lawrenson is Michael Owen do to encourage reading for city fans.

Writing in his weekly BBC column, former defender of Liverpool and Republic of Ireland Lawrenson is effusive in his admiration for the city of Guardiola.

Lawrenson writes: "They have won their last 14 league games to win the title and now they want to become the first team to make an inside hat-trick, so Pep will choose his strongest lineup – it makes no sense for us to joke.

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"We know that the city always has a lot of possession, but people don't always recognize that they have a great breadth and I expect that they are really extending to Watford.

"Watford will not see much of the ball, and I don't see them creating many chances – so they have to count every set piece.

"Realistically, however, their chances of success depend on the fact that they can prevent City from scoring.

"I know Wigan did it in the 2013 FA Cup final and won the game late, but it looks like a very different situation. This City team is definitely different. They are serial winners and they know how to cross the line.

"The 2011 FA Cup was the first trophy city conquered in the modern era, and with four league titles and four league cups followed over the last eight years, it has not looked back since.

"This is their first FA Cup final since 2013, but they have been to Wembley already four times this season alone, and I expect them to get the same result this time as they did on each of these visits – a & # 39; another victory.

Lawrenson's prediction: City 2-0 Watford

Michael Owen he is also confident that City can end an extraordinary campaign on another high, overcoming the clothing of Javi Gracia.

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Write in his blog, former Liverpool and England striker Owen opine: "Champions League consecutive Premier League Manchester City will become the first English football team to win all three national trophies – it also won the League Cup against Chelsea at Wembley in February – in a season if it will beat Watford on Saturday and I I don't see a comfortable victory for Pep Guardiola's team.

"The Hornets have lost their last 10 games against City in all competitions and Pep Guardiola has a perfect record of wins – six out of six – against Hertfordshire who is playing his first FA Cup Final since 1984 when they lost 2 -0 against Everton.

"The city lost its last Cup final against Wigan in 2013, but this is a fantastic side of the city that I can't see the Hornets stopping them as they make domestic history and win an unprecedented hat-trick.

"The city has goals in so many roads that it is difficult to choose a scorer in the opening, but their two players in circulation at this time are Bernado Silva and Raheem Silva and I hope to see the latter finding the back of the Watford network at Wembley.

"Gerard Deulofeu is probably in the form of his life for the team of Javi Gracia – who lost the last three – and I expect to see a great match from the former Barcelona and Everton striker.

Owen's prediction: City 3-1 Watford

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C & # 39; a fascinating piece of opinion from Daily Telegraph chief sports writer Paul Hayward, on the reason why he believes that a victory for the city tonight represents an adequate season finale for Pep Guardiola's inspired leadership.

Always perceptive with his words and opinions Hayward pens: "Leading Andy Murray, who gave a similar answer in tennis, Pep Guardiola responded to a question about Manchester City that published the first national triple of English football:" The first time in men's soccer, women have done it " .

"But Guardiola's gender response leaves the mystery unsolved. In England, where there were 11 league titles and FA Cups doubled by seven clubs dating back to 1889, no team has ever won the League Cup, the league and the FA Cup in just one season Watford stands between the city of Guardiola and the end of a historical strangeness.

"Given that the smallest of these competitions was born only in 1960-61, the Treble's impregnability is actually only 58 years old – yet a city victory at Wembley will still excite historians.

"The possibility of leaving a mark in history will also affect a team that may have otherwise been susceptible to a drop in motivation after such a stellar championship campaign.

"Pets in Scotland are routine. Rangers have won seven and Celtic five. Benfica scored one in Portugal in 2014; in France, Paris Saint-Germain has three. In Germany in 1999-2000, the Bayern Munich prevailed in the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and DFL-Ligapokal, but only in England, of the main football nations, is it so important to be assigned not one, but two cup competitions.

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"Guardiola has the depth of the team to hunt down all four trophies available. Losing the tight quarter-finals of the Champions League to Spurs killed the four hopes of the City, but paid a split on their serious approach to the races of national cup ".

Finally, there are words of warning for City from the Watford captain Troy Deeney who says that he and his colleagues will stretch every curtain to try to offer what would be the first historic FA Cup victory for the Club.

Talking about The official website of the Watford club, the Hornets attacker said: "It's been 35 years since the last time Watford was in a final and we never won a cup, so it's a huge success to get there. We're about to do something incredible , something that has never been done in the history of this club.

"So you have to enjoy it, but you also need to know that it is also serious, so let's go out and try to make history.

"Yes, I think he will," he said. "It is the biggest occasion and of course it is a monumental game in terms of what English football means.

"Maybe to lead the team in front of all those people, and have my family and friends there, it will be huge for me."

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"We are not naive, this is a huge test that is in front of us and probably the most difficult, but if you want to win trophies and enter Europe, then you have to play against the best.

"Elton John is up there [points to the photo on the training wall] and he is also the name of this club, but I want my image up there for years to come."

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