Man City v Villa: Benteke fully focused on champions challenge
Christian Benteke insists Villa will be fully focused on Saturday's big clash with Manchester City - and not looking back nostalgically to the cup win.
Villa defeated City 4-2 in the Capital One Cup third round two months ago, with the giant forward playing a key role in the wonderful win.
But Benteke is a firm believer that you can only influence the present moment - and you don't draw anything positive from looking back in life.
He says Villa will be "really motivated" on the here and now as they head to the Etihad Stadium clash this weekend.
He said: "They will try to beat us because they are pushing for the title and also because we eliminated them from the cup. But we are motivated for the game too.
"We are motivated for every game. It doesn't matter whether it's Manchester United, Manchester City, anyone, we are going out to try and get a good result.
"The cup tie won't have any bearing on this match. In football, you have to concentrate on the present - not the past or the future.
"All you can affect is the present moment. We are totally focused on this match, not looking back at the cup win."
Benteke looks set to come up against Belgium pal Vincent Kompany in the game but he says friendship goes out of the window.
He added: "It will be good to come up against Vincent, who I play with for Belgium.
"He is a brilliant central-defender, one of the very best in the Premier League.
"I am looking forward to playing against him. There won't be any texting before the game though. I am focused on the game for Villa."
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