Here are Friday 28th February’s headlines in the eyes of the media covering the Capital One Cup Final.
Anything can happen when City face Sunderland – and it usually does! (Manchester Evening News): Strange things tend to happen whenever Manchester City take on Sunderland. Here is a run-down of some of the quirkier events of recent years.
Kompany says Aguero can strike fear (Manchester Evening News): Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany says Sergio Aguero’s return will give them a 'fear factor' for the Capital One Cup Final.
Aguero desperate to play (Daily Star): Sergio Aguero has reportedly told friends that he is desperate to start the Capital One Cup Final having been out for a month with a hamstring injury.
City fans plan tribute to Mike Doyle (Manchester Evening News): Manchester City’s supporters are planning a Wembley tribute on Sunday to Mike Doyle – the club’s last captain to lift the famous trophy.
Tueart – beware of cup magic (Manchester Evening News): Dennis Tueart knows first-hand the magic of a cup final occasion at Wembley and he says Manchester City have to beware of that on Sunday.
Ki – this is a 'proper' final (Sunderland Echo): Ki Sung-Yeung is back at Wembley for his second successive Capital One Cup Final and he looks at Sunday’s battle against Manchester City as a 'proper' final.
Poyet has a simple gameplan (Shields Gazette): Sunderland boss Gus Poyet says he will not try to be 'too clever' as he prepares his side to face Manchester City in the Capital One Cup Final.
City have more than just Aguero (Shields Gazette): Sergio Aguero is set to return for Manchester City in the Capital One Cup Final but Gus Poyet says his Sunderland players will have to be aware of far more threats than just the Argentine front-man.
Alonso to face his debut boss (Chronicle Live): Sunderland’s Marcos Alonso comes up on Sunday against Manuel Pellegrini – the man who gave him his debut for Real Madrid.
Poyet ready to make big calls (Chronicle Live): Gus Poyet will inform his Sunderland players on Saturday who will be playing in the Capital One Cup Final and he knows it will leave some of his squad devastated.
Poyet – final victory more important than survival (The Journal): Sunderland fans have been telling Gus Poyet that victory in Sunday’s Capital One Cup Final would mean more to them than Premier League survival, and he accepts their argument.
The re-birth of Adam Johnson (Daily Mail): From being bombed out by Manchester City and losing his England place, to becoming a World Cup hopeful and a Sunderland star aiming to put one over on his old club – it’s been quite a career turnaround for Adam Johnson.