MIL­NER: I DON’T WANT TO LET GO! Hold­ers des­per­ate to win trophy again


JAMES MIL­NER in­sists Man City’s play­ers are des­per­ate to put up a strong de­fence of the League Cup – de­spite a hec­tic pe­riod of games.

City have cru­cial matches in the Premier League and Cham­pi­ons League com­ing up in the next few weeks.

But Eng­land mid­fielder Mil­ner says the Cap­i­tal One Cup hold­ers are keen to go and win it again this sea­son.

“Although some say some cups are more im­por­tant than oth­ers, a lot of peo­ple have never won the League Cup and will be with­out mid­fielder Frank Lam­pard, but French play­maker Samir Nasri is poised to re­turn after miss­ing seven games fol­low­ing groin surgery.

New­cas­tle man­ager Alan Pardew risks a back­lash from fans if he makes whole­sale changes for the Eti­had clash.


be­tween last Sun­day’s win at Tot­ten­ham and a daunt­ing home game against Liver­pool on Satur­day lunchtime.

Pardew made six changes be­fore win­ning at Crys­tal Palace in the pre­vi­ous round and will be tempted to again call up Rob El­liot, Me­hdi Abeid and Adam Arm­strong.

Sammy Ameobi is likely to start after scor­ing at White Hart Lane.

The for­ward said: “City is never an easy place to go to, but I’m look­ing for­ward to it.

“If we can go out with the con­fi­dence we had against Tot­ten­ham, you never know what can hap­pen.”

CASE FOR THE DE­FENCE: James Mil­ner wants hold­ers Man City to keep their grip on the Cap­i­tal One Cup DILEMMA: Pardew STARTER: Sammy Ameobi

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