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Zabaleta: City squad playing for Wembley places

SoccerNews in FA Cup 7 May 2013

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Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta says his team-mates view every game as a chance to fight for a starting berth in the FA Cup final.

Roberto Mancini’s side face West Brom in the Premier League on Wednesday in their last game before the Wembley showdown with Wigan on Saturday.

And despite City having little to play for with the title out of their grasp and a top-four finish assured, the Argentine expects a committed performance against the Midlands outfit.

“We will all be playing for places at Wembley,” he said. “Every single player will want to show the manager that they want to play in that game.

“We want to keep winning to make sure we get second place. Then we can turn our focus to Wembley. Hopefully winning will give us momentum for such an important game. Winning gives you confidence and makes you stronger.

“It’s important for the club to keep winning trophies. The main target for the team was to retain the title which was difficult but winning the FA Cup is always important because it is a special competition.”

City battled to a last-gasp 2-1 win in the reverse fixture following the dismissal of James Milner, and Zabaleta expects his team to be tested again.

“It was a strange one,” he added. “Milner was sent off but we won thanks to a couple of late goals from [Edin] Dzeko. West Brom are a good team.”

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