Vieira keen to end drought
Manchester City midfielder Patrick Vieira insists it is time to end their long wait for silverware.
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Last Updated: 13/05/11 11:42am
Manchester City midfielder Patrick Vieira insists it is time to end their long wait for silverware with victory over Stoke in the FA Cup final.
The ambitious Eastlands outfit will tackle the Potters at Wembley on Saturday looking to end a trophy drought which stretches back to 1976.
Former Arsenal, Juventus and Inter Milan midfielder Vieira enjoyed great success during his time with the Gunners and now wants to reward City's supporters for their patience.
"It would make us really proud because it is a big competition and means a lot to the fans," the Frenchman told Sky Sports News.
"For this football club, because they have been waiting for 35 years, winning the FA Cup would be a good achievement this season.
"There is going to be big expectations on our shoulders next season, but hopefully the club can manage with that.
"I don't have any doubts about that because the club has been working really hard to bring success and it will be really exciting for the fans."
Roberto Mancini has already brought UEFA Champions League football to Eastlands next season with City assured of a top four finish in the Premier League.
And first-team coach David Platt insists the Italian will not be resting on his laurels if they make a special season even more memorable with success against Stoke.
Platt said: "Even if we win on Saturday I would say that within a couple of hours he will be looking at Stoke, and thinking can we win the last two games of the season and put a little bit of pressure on Arsenal for third place.
"That is what drives him. As soon as the end of the season comes, if we have managed to win the FA Cup and qualify for the Champions League I know there will be a lot of satisfaction and a lot of pride inside him."