Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany believes that last year’s FA Cup defeat to Wigan will inspire his side to overcome Sunderland in the Capital One Cup final.
Fans who gamble with bet365 will recall that Kompany was part of the City side that were beaten in last year’s final by Wigan Athletic after Ben Watson’s late header denied them the victory in May at Wembley.
The Citizens will get a chance for revenge when they take on the Latics in the quarter-finals on March 9, but Kompany’s attention is firmly on the Capital One Cup.
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 Belgian insists his side will not overlook their opponents but he admits he still think’s about last year’s defeat at Wembley.
“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,” He told the bet365 website.
“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.”