Here are Monday 24th February's hot topics in the eyes of the media that are covering the Capital One Cup Final.
Samir Nasri: Capital One Cup Final is crucial (The Independent): Samir Nasri has experience of how defeat in the Capital One Cup Final can derail a team’s season and he’s hoping history doesn’t repeat itself this time around.
Pellegrini hopes for Aguero boost (Sky Sports): Sergio Aguero is set to return to full training for Manchester City this week and be ready for Sunday’s Capital One Cup Final against Sunderland.
Poyet backs Red and White City campaign (Sunderland Echo): Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet is backing a campaign called Red and White City which aims to have a sea of the club’s colours across the region with just six days to go until the Capital One Cup Final.
No loss of focus says Bridcutt (The Journal): Liam Bridcutt says Sunderland’s showing in their defeat at Arsenal on Saturday cannot be put down to a lack of focus ahead of the Capital One Cup Final.
Lots to ponder for Poyet (Shields Gazette): Gus Poyet was left with plenty to think about after his Sunderland side’s defeat at Arsenal on Saturday saw him admit: “I have said no one has put his name on the team bus for next week.”
Larsson hopes for final chance (Sunderland Echo): Midfielder Seb Larsson hopes his showing as a substitute in Saturday’s defeat at Arsenal will help him force his way into the starting line-up for the Capital One Cup Final.
Poyet baffled by fans’ focus (The Independent): Gus Poyet leads Sunderland out at Wembley for the Capital One Cup Final on Sunday but he admits he is baffled by why the Black Cats’ fans appear to be focusing more on silverware than staying in the Premier League.
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