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Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany insists that last year’s FA Cup defeat to Wigan will inspire his side to overcome Sunderland in this weekend’s Capital One Cup final.
Manchester City were beaten in last year’s final by Wigan after Ben Watson’s late header caused a big upset in May, and they will get the chance for revenge when they face the Latics in the quarter-finals on March 9.
Since then they have appointed Manuel Pellegrini and gone from strength to strength as they look to complete the quadruple. City can win their first trophy of the season on Sunday when they face Gus Poyet’s side and Kompany is keen to recover from last year’s heartache.
The defender is adamant that City will not underestimate their opponents but he has revealed he still thinks about last year’s defeat at Wembley.
He told The Sun: “In the back of my mind, I still have the defeat to Wigan. If you know the history of City, you cannot say that reaching a final is the low part of your career.
“Emotionally it’s tough, and it was something I took on board. I learned a lot from it, and that day was all about realising you cannot let your hunger get less – and on that day it became multiplied.
“It’s not a negative, it has been my drive and is possibly the best thing that has happened in that it has given me even more hunger.
“You realise how precious it is to you and your people. It’s all right saying the FA Cup is this, or the Capital One Cup is this, but it really matters.”
Pellegrini’s side are 2.05 to win to nil on Sunday and they can be backed at 7.50 to win the contest 3-0.