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– Battle of Two Spanish Managers Both in Chase of History
– Watford’s last FA Cup final was 2-0 defeat to Everton in 1984
Manchester City are on the brink of becoming the first English team to do the domestic treble in a season if they win Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium. But City, who less than a week ago , retained their Premier League title with a 3-1 away win at Brighton on Sunday, need to take care of a hungry Watford side who, aside eyeing some history of their own, will surely not think of themselves as guests at a coronation ceremony .
Although clearly the underdogs against the newly crowned kings of the English Premier League, EPL, who have an intimidating 15 successive wins ahead of Saturday’s final, Watford do have a Herculean task on their hands if they fancy stopping Pep Guardiola’s side from adding the prestigious FA Cup to both Sunday’s title and the League Cup- Carabao Cup- already sitting in their trophy cabinet at their Etihad Stadium home.
Unlike City, who finished the season on high on the road at the Amex Stadium, the Hornets, despite a decent 11th place finish on the table, were hammered 4-1 at their vicarage road base by West Ham on Sunday. and that, rightly, to the displeasure of their manager, Javi Gracia., who described his side as being “too soft.”
Despite both sides’ last results and positions on the table , what makes the final more interesting is that both sides are tutored by Spanish managers , and each, as well as their clubs know that history of a kind beckons, especially for the dark horses, whose last appearance at this stage of the same Cup was in 1984, when they lost 0-2 to Everton. On that basis, they’ll be hoping history doesn’t repeat itself.
if on the other hand, a team’s finishing on the table are like ‘hips’ – which Shakira would have us believe – which don’t lie, then City will be celebrating another coronation party when the referee blows his final whistle . One thing is sure, though, Watford will be hoping for the sort of miraculous comeback they had at the same venue in their semifinal defeat of Wolves .
The Hornets seem to be heading out with two goals down and just ten minutes to go, when former Barcelona man ,Gerrard Deulofeu , was brought on by Gracia. The tables turned and the rest is history. But former Barcelona manager, Guardiola and his Premier League kings will be hoping they create history by making it a domestic treble.
Whether the Cup heads to Manchester or nearby Watford , it’s surely going to be historic in this winner takes all final.