Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Poyet Will Rise to Cats' Special Day; Poyet Is Planning Something 'Special'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Poyet Will Rise to Cats' Special Day; Poyet Is Planning Something 'Special'

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Byline: Stuart Rayner Sports Writer stuart.rayner@ncjmedia.co.uk

HE has not rehearsed it, but Gustavo Poyet is hoping to find a team-talk to match Sunderland's "special opportunity" at Wembley tomorrow.

The Black Cats take on Manchester City as rank outsiders at Wembley, with many bookmakers offering 9/1 on a Wearside victory yesterday evening.

Were they to pull it off, it would secure Sunderland's first major trophy since 1973, and only their second since World War Two. That is history the Uruguayan will use to inspire his team before kick-off.

"It's going to be special," he said. "I've not prepared it because I follow my instincts, but I'm sure I'm going to use special words. It's a special moment and I need them to feel it is a special and a unique opportunity, "We can go back and say when was the last time we were at Wembley, or you can ask when is the next time we are going to be back there? Who knows? The idea is to play a final and for teams like us it doesn't happen every year.

"I have to make sure they feel it is a special opportunity so when they go out on to the pitch they are going to do everything possible to make sure we win.

"The opposition have quality players, they have an unbelievable squad, but we have to make sure we are all right. That moment is special to the manager, how are you going to deal with the situation and make sure your players are ready?" Poyet has no concerns that stressing the weight of history will put too much pressure on his players' shoulders. "It can affect one or two but most are going to go in there and make sure they don't lose this opportunity," he said. "It doesn't happen to everyone.

"Don't forget how difficult it's going to be. I don't want you to see me on Sunday afternoon saying, 'Oh, what were you saying there, it was totally opposite?' "I see how much it means to everybody. I hope we can make people proud, that's the main thing. "I just want to have a good day. I want to have the feeling at ten minutes before two that I personally have done everything possible for the team to perform. …

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