City manager Roberto Mancini has issued a rallying cry to his City stars ahead of tonight’s do-or-die semi-final second leg at Old Trafford.
The Italian saw his City side come form behind to beat the holders last week to take a 2-1 lead to Old Trafford. “We must change the history of this club. The players are passionate about it but we must start somewhere and it is important to get to that first final.” says Mancini who hopes to take the blues to Wembley for the first time since 1981.
The blues will be backed by around 9,000 City supporters, eager to not only see their team reach Wembley but knock out their fiercest rivals in the process. Extra police will be on duty for the game, after small pockets of trouble erupted at the 1st leg at Eastlands last week and the FA have written to both clubs urging them to keep their players calm.
This follows a war of words between City’s ex United striker Carlos Tevez and United’s Gary Neville, who had a small exchange of views following Tevez’s penalty equaliser.
The last time City played in a League Cup final was 1976 when Dennis Tueart’s overhead kick sealed a 2-1 win over Newcastle United. Ironically, the date of that cup final is exactly the same date as this year’s final.