City’s Sagna dreaming of another year of cup magic

Bacary Sagna hopes to have brought the FA Cup-winning formula with him to Manchester City.

The French defender was a key member of the Arsenal side that won the trophy with victory over Hull in last year’s final. That was his final game for the Gunners before a summer switch to City and he has his sights set on more cup success.

The right-back said: “I think it is a very good trophy, a very good competition because every single team is involved. It is a very difficult competition to win.

“I had the chance to win it last year with Arsenal and we had some tough moments. To win that cup meant something to me and I want to do it again.”

Sagna, 31, spent seven years with Arsenal before moving to the Etihad Stadium on a free transfer. The Frenchman’s opportunities at City have been limited because of the form of established right-back Pablo Zabaleta. He could feature however as 2011 winners City begin their latest FA Cup quest at home to Sky Bet Championship side Sheffield Wednesday in the third round on Sunday.

City’s Montenegro striker Stevan Jovetic, is expected to start up front for City.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini has hinted that Edin Dzeko could be back in contention to face Everton on January 10, with Sergio Aguero possibly returning against Arsenal the following week.

Pellegrini said: “I hope in the next week Edin Dzeko will be fit and in the next week (after that) will be Kun (Aguero).”

Dzeko was injured in the warm-up prior to the win at Leicester on December 13 while Aguero, who has scored 19 times this season, suffered knee ligament damage against Everton the previous week.

Jovetic is likely to continue leading the line after getting on the scoresheet in Thursday’s 3-2 win over Sunderland, which saw City draw level with Chelsea atop the Premier League. Jovetic is relishing the title battle ahead with Chelsea.

Jovetic said: “I think we must do our job well to win our games, and hopefully Chelsea are going to drop points.

“We have to play against them away and I think that is going to be a nice game.”

City are still without captain Vincent Kompany (calf/hamstring).

Midfielder Fernando is available again after suspension but Yaya Toure could be involved for the final time before joining up with Ivory Coast for the African Cup of Nations.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini has hinted that second-choice goalkeeper Willy Caballero is likely to keep his place for another game with England number one Joe Hart being rested.

Wednesday boss Stuart Gray is bullish about his side’s hopes of an upset.

“If you can’t get excited about a game like this, you can’t get excited about anything,” he said.

“We know what they are capable of, we know what they can do to teams. What we have to do there is go there with no fear.”

Tomorrow’s meeting is the second between the sides this season, with City having annihilated Wednesday 7-0 in September’s League Cup clash.


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