Here are Tuesday 25th February's hot topics in the eyes of the media that are covering the Capital One Cup Final.
Fletcher still has a Wembley chance (Sunderland Echo): Striker Steven Fletcher still has a chance of being fit to take his place in Sunderland’s squad for Sunday’s Capital One Cup Final.
Final is a big stage for Johnson (Chronicle Live): The Capital One Cup Final is a great stage for Sunderland’s in-form winger Adam Johnson to stake a claim for a place in England’s 2014 World Cup squad, according to Gus Poyet.
Reid backs Poyet’s credentials (Sunderland Echo): Former Sunderland boss Peter Reid has backed current incumbent Gus Poyet’s credentials and says there’s no reason why he can’t lead the team to Capital One Cup Final glory on Sunday.
Larsson hopes experience will count (Northern Echo): Seb Larsson has tasted victory in the Capital One Cup Final before and he hopes that experience will help him earn a place in Gus Poyet’s team to face Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday.
Atkinson recalls FA Cup Final occasion (Shields Gazette): With the Capital One Cup Final just days away, former Sunderland player Brian Atkinson recalls his experiences of the club’s last visit to a major Wembley final – the FA Cup of 1992.
Cricket club to go ahead with ‘Manchester Day’ despite backlash (Chronicle Live): A Newcastle cricket club will go ahead with its plans to hold a ‘Manchester Day’ on Sunday despite a furious reaction from Sunderland fans.
Kompany wants to avoid more heartbreak (FourFourTwo): Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany will be spurred on by the heartbreak of losing last season’s FA Cup Final when he leads his players into Sunday’s Capital One Cup Final against Sunderland.
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