Former England national team and Liverpool forward Peter Crouch says there is no doubt Pep Guardiola’s team is favourite to win the FA Cup final against Watford, but warns that this status is one of the most uncomfortable tags.
After beating Liverpool in title race and winning EPL, Manchester City are close to demosetic treble, as they have earlier taken Carabao Cup by beating Chelsea at Wembley Stadium.
“It should be a formality, shouldn’t it? Manchester City, with two trophies in the locker, could blitz Watford by three or four goals.” Crouch has written for Daily Mail.
“I know plenty of diehard City supporters who are in raptures over the football they are seeing — most of my mum’s family are Blues — but I get the feeling there are some who are becoming blasé about success.
“You can be sure an element of their fans will arrive at Wembley thinking the job has already been done — but being the odds-on favourite in an FA Cup final is one of the most uncomfortable tags you can have in football and I remember my own experience in 2006.”
Crouch refers to FA Cup 2005/06 final, when Liverpool produced an incredible comeback against West Ham United after Steven Gerrard’s massive goal in stoppage time (3-3). Merseyside club than beat Hammers after penalty shoot-out.
Manchester City and Watford will meet tomorrow at 17:00 (UK Time).