Published: Mon, May 20, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

5 talking points ahead of the FA Cup final

5 talking points ahead of the FA Cup final

Perhaps that is why the Premier League champions have arranged for their open-top bus parade to take place in Manchester on Monday, when the team are expected to celebrate an unprecedented domestic treble - a feat yet to be achieved by an English club.

Kevin De Bruyne feels no sympathy for Liverpool after Manchester City narrowly pipped them to the Premier League title.

Raheem Sterling pinpointed the arrival of Bernardo Silva as a "massive turning point" in his Manchester City career. "I'm going to stay, if they want, two more seasons here". When United got it right again under Sir Alex Ferguson to dominate the first decades of the Premier League, City were driven underground by the Beckhams and the Ronaldos, a rudderless husk of a footballing subculture drifting aimlessly in the game's nether regions.

Regardless of that, whether or not City will be competing in next season's Champions League campaign could have an effect on the qualifying schedule as Uefa will need to know how many clubs are competing for qualification.

While they will still be financially sustainable through various other sources of income, City getting banned by UEFA would be a huge blow for the club. While their European struggles will continue into next season at the least, they have an excellent opportunity to erase their FA Cup woes here. If we don't I think it's extraordinary.

Vincent Kompany's future is even more uncertain with the City captain's contract running out at the end of the season.

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The City boss also acknowledged "how hard it was to play" Watford, although he warned Deeney and his teammates that despite having "won the most incredible Premier League ever, we're back to business to focus".

"People say how lovely it is but we have to win again and again and again and the players have to feel that".

Sterling converted the decisive spot-kick as City beat Chelsea on penalties to win the Carabao Cup final in February. Former Watford chairman John will be a distant spectator for Saturday's meeting with Manchester City as it clashes with his own commitments in Denmark.

"I don't think anybody felt sorry about the way we went out of the Champions League [against Tottenham in the quarter-finals]". "We spoke with Vinny and we are going to speak after this game".

Saturday's FA Cup final at Wembley could be his final appearance for the club after 11 years and 359 appearances for the club.

Whatever the outcome, he's content... but it seems clear he has a preference: "Everyone knows what I want, but it does not necessarily happen as desired".

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