Manchester City’s FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea on Sunday is huge because “it feels more like a final”, according to Gareth Barry.
The England midfielder has spoken out ahead of the game at Wembley as the 2011 winners bid to defeat Rafael Benitez’s men and prevent them from retaining the trophy which they won last May against Liverpool.
And, in a move which will no doubt irk the other semi-finalists, Wigan and Championship side Millwall, Barry has suggested that whoever comes out on top between City and Chelsea will have their name on the FA Cup in May.
And, as it represents City’s last chance of securing some silverware this season following their poor show in the Champions League and 12-point deficit to Manchester United in the race for the Premier League title, Barry has stressed the importance of the game this weekend.
“It feels more like a final,” Barry told the Sun. “This is the bigger game of the two and if we can get through it this could be another FA Cup for us.
“I am looking forward to it. You want to be playing big games at this stage of the season, as this is, when they hand out the trophies.”
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