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Smith: This is our chance to make history

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Smith: This is our chance to make history

Dean Smith has urged his players to write their names into the Aston Villa history books on Sunday.

 

When they emerge from the tunnel for the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley, Smith’s side will have the chance to win the trophy for the sixth time.

 

And with talk of the Premier League banished for one weekend, the Villa boss wants his charges to embrace their shot at becoming club legends.

 

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He said: “I keep speaking to players about how winning trophies has got lost along the way, simply because the success of the Premier League and the finances on offer.

 

“We all know that we need to stay in the Premier League, but winning trophies is what we go into sport for. We want to win football games and titles, and this is one of them.

 

“We’ve got a proud history in this competition, winning it five times, and I’d love to be the manager who wins it for the sixth time.

 

On Smith’s last visit to the national stadium, he guided the club he supports back to the Premier League via the Championship Play-Off Final.

 

The Villa boss feels heading back to Wembley for a domestic cup final will be completely different, and he’s been keen to impress its importance on his squad.

 

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“We all know the intensity of the Play-Off Finals and talk of it being the richest game in football,” he said.

 

“This is a cup final and this is a trophy up for grabs that will place you in the history books of Aston Villa.

 

“This is an opportunity for ourselves to make history for the football club.”

 

Sunday’s opponents Manchester City have won the competition in three of the past four seasons and are favourites to do so again.

 

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But Smith has been hard at work trying to plot their downfall, believing his team can triumph at Wembley.

 

“I have so much respect for Pep Guardiola – not only as a coach but as a person – and the way he gets his team playing,” he said.

 

“They’re human beings and human beings can be fallible. We’ll be pushing them all the way.  

 

“We’re massive underdogs, but sometimes I like that title and we’re going to have a good scrap.”

Greg  Styles
By @GregStyles91 26th February 2020