Oleksandr Zinchenko says the FA Cup has lost none of its romance and is just as important as winning the Premier League. The Ukrainian is poised to play in Saturday’s Wembley showpiece against Watford, when City will bid to complete an unprecedented domestic treble.
Some may feel the FA Cup has lost some of its glamour in recent times, but, for Zinchenko, it still ranks very highly and he is desperate to lift it on Saturday afternoon. The 22-year-old, who has emerged as City’s first-choice left-back despite it not being his preferred position, said: “It’s an unbelievable feeling to be honest, to play at that stadium in the final and to go to fight for a title.
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A final is always special and we can’t wait for that. “For me when I was younger the cup was just as important as the Premier League. I don’t know how other players think about it, but for me it’s like this. “I would dream of playing at a high level. I didn’t realise that I would be here and getting ready for an FA Cup final. It’s a dream.
” City began their FA Cup campaign with a ruthless 7-0 demolition of Rotherham in January, and Zinchenko says they have been ruthless ever since. “I think the Rotherham game was about scoring that first goal and then we built this rhythm and managed to score more goals,” Zinchenko said. “I think the whole team have put in good performances ever since then. “In every single game we played this season, especially in the cup, we have showed who we are as a team and we have done it well.”