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Manchester City will be keen to atone for last year’s surprise FA Cup final defeat to Wigan when they take on Sunderland in the final of the League Cup later this afternoon.
Ten months ago a then managed Roberto Mancini’s City side crashed 1-0 to Wigan, then in the Premier League and like Sunday’s opponents, struggling.
Vincent Kompany captained City at Wembley last season and the Belgian is keen to use that heartbreak as inspiration against Sunderland.
“In the back of my mind, I still have the defeat to Wigan,” the defender told English newspaper The Sun.
“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.
“And it doesn’t feel nice to go all that way and then, just before the end, see it taken away from you.
“There are no hard feelings in the sense that we didn’t deserve it that day. But after that game, I’ve never wanted to win trophies so badly.”
City quest to land the first piece of silverware of the season has received a boost with star forward Sergio Aguero set to return to the squad.
The Argentine has been out for a month with a calf strain but is back in training and in contention for Sunday. His return is proving timely with Stevan Jovetic out while Matija Nastastic is also out.
Yaya Toure, David Silva, Samri Nasri, Gael Clichy and Joe Hart are all pushing for starts with City boss Manuel Pellegrini likely to name his strongest starting line-up.
Sunderland meanwhile are without the cup-tied Liam Bridcutt and long-term absentee Kieran Westwood but other than that Gus Poyet has no other worries although the former Spurs star has confirmed Lee Catermole is definitely in line to start.
The Black Cats has improved considerably under the guidance of the former Brighton man and having knocked out Chelsea and Manchester United on route to the final the prospect of facing Manchester City won’t faze the north eastern side too much.
One man who will be keen to make an impression is former City winger Adam Johnson. The England wide man has been in stunning form this season with seven goals and three assists in the league.
Path to the final:
Manchester City 5-0 Wigan
Newcastle 0-2 Manchester City
Leicester 1-3 Manchester City
Manchester City 6-0 West Ham United
West Ham 0-3 Manchester City
Sunderland 4-2 MK Dons
Sunderland 2-0 Preston
Sunderland 2-1 Southampton
Sunderland 2-1 Chelsea
Sunderland 2-1 Manchester United
Manchester United 2-1 Sunderland
Finished 3-3 on aggregate, Sunderland win 2-1 on penalties