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Thursday 26 April 2018

Wigan want '14 men' to face relentless City

Vincent Kompany
Vincent Kompany

Vincent Kompany says Manchester City have no intention of easing up in their relentless charge through four competitions - no matter the opponent.

The runaway Premier League leaders and Carabao Cup finalists delivered yet another powerful statement as they thrashed Swiss champions Basel 4-0 in the Champions League last 16.

The emphatic victory all but guaranteed Pep Guardiola's side a place in the quarter-finals but captain Kompany insists there will be no drop in intensity for the second leg at the Etihad Stadium next month.

And the Belgium defender's words could also serve as a warning to League One leaders Wigan, who are City's next opponents in the fifth round of the FA Cup next week. Kompany said: "It's cliche but our mindset is just focus on the next game. We have just as much desire to play well against Wigan on Monday as we did here in Basel. There will be no difference.

"We will also go into the League Cup final with the same kind of preparation and self-belief as we did for the game here and, as long as that doesn't change, and the intensity stays at that level, every game is exciting for us."

Wigan manager Paul Cook joked the club will ask the English Football Association if they can field 14 players against Manchester City in next Monday's FA Cup tie. "We're asking the FA for special dispensation to play 14 players," the former Sligo Rovers boss said, tongue in cheek.

"The reality for us is we've got to try and beat them. With the best will in the world, everything that they do, every side that comes before them, they seem to put away quite comfortably."

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