Oleksandr Zinchenko says FA Cup win would rank alongside Man City's Premier League title defence
By Press Association
Last Updated: 15/05/19 11:08pm
Oleksandr Zinchenko says FA Cup glory this weekend would rank as high as Manchester City's Premier League title win.
The Ukrainian is poised to play in Saturday's Wembley showpiece against Watford, when City will bid to complete an unprecedented domestic treble.
The 22-year-old, who has emerged as City's first-choice left-back, believes the FA Cup may have lost some of its glamour in recent times, but it still remains a hugely-significant competition to win.
"It's an unbelievable feeling to be honest, to play at that stadium in the final and to go to fight for a title. A final is always special and we can't wait for that," he said.
"For me when I was younger the cup was just as important as the Premier League. I don't know how other players think about it, but for me it's like this.
"I would dream of playing at a high level. I didn't realise that I would be here and getting ready for an FA Cup final. It's a dream."
Despite chasing the Premier League and Champions League, Pep Guardiola's City have also taken the domestic cups seriously this season and were in contention for a quadruple until last month.
City have beaten Watford in all eight of their meetings since the Hornets returned to the top flight in 2015, yet Zinchenko insists that will all count for nothing as Javi Gracia's men look to deny City in their shot at history.
"Watford have very good players, especially up top. Their manager and the way they play - I like it," he added.
"It's going to be tough against them, I'm sure of that, but I think every single game our target is to show everyone who we are."