The FA Cup Final Preview – Manchester City vs Watford

Our Manchester City squad travel down to Wembley Stadium this weekend for a chance to secure their place in the history books forever. They can do this by winning the FA Cup final and completing a never seen before domestic treble. The team that stands in our way. Watford football club.

I’ve barely caught my breath after a magical weekend which saw City retain their Premier League crown for the first time, and securing their 4th Premier League title in the process. The fact we’ve finally managed to finally shake off a superb Liverpool side with our 14th league win in a row is truly something remarkable.

Arise King Riyad Mahrez who under much scrutiny, who stepped up big time on Sunday with a MOTM performance. First putting in a pinpoint corner for Aymeric Laporte to power us in front (yes you’re reading that right, we scored directly from a corner!). He then superbly sent Shane Duffy to the shops with a delightful fake shot before, with his week foot, firing past Ryan in the top right corner to send the away fans behind the goal into ecstasy. Get some champagne for me whilst you’re their Shane mate. Cheers.

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Similar to Sunday, Riyad Mahrez impressed away from home against the Hornets in the Premier League where his second half strike proved to be the decisive one in a 2-1 victory.  His record against Saturday’s opponents is genuinely impressive, with 6 goals and 2 assists in 8 games. These stats must be in Pep’s mind, along with his last performance, and may earn him a start in the final. In the reverse fixture, it was Raheem Sterling who impressed scoring a hat-trick in a scintillating display at the Etihad. These may be the wide men for the job for the final. 

Pep Guardiola must’ve been delighted to give Kevin De Bruyne 25 minutes at the weekend and will look to put his injury-filled season behind him by bringing the FA Cup back to Manchester for the first time since 2011. We may even see him alongside favourite to win this season’s Manchester City Player of the Season Bernardo Silva. A sight which I’m sure we all dream will be our midfield two for years to come. 

In the previous round, Watford staged a stunning comeback to overturn a 2-0 deficit against Wolves, seeing the Hornets win their semi-final 3-2 in extra time. On the other hand, City made what seemed like a comfortable game into a nervy, tight affair after Gabriel Jesus’ goal inside three minutes, but in the end held on to book their place in the final at the expense of Brighton. 

Vincent Kompany, in all the joy of lifting his 10th trophy as Manchester City captain at the weekend, was already looking towards lifting number 11. The Belgian was actually not Manchester City’s full time captain in 2011 with Carlos Tevez lifting the trophy for the blues, so he will be looking to add that photo to a mosaic of beautiful shots of our skipper lifting silverware come 7:30pm on Saturday. 

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This season we’ve had big moments from so many players. Sergio Agüero against various top sides. Vincent Kompany’s rocket versus Leicester. Bernardo Silva at Old Trafford and many, many more.

Who will be the latest and last name to add themselves to history in a season that will be remembered forever? We will soon find out.

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