Navas: City are up for the Cup af­ter con­fi­dence-boost­ing mid­week win

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JE­SUS NAVAS be­lieves Manch­ester City have re­gained their con­fi­dence ahead of Sun­day’s Cap­i­tal One Cup fi­nal against Liverpool.

City had lost three games in suc­ces­sion prior to Wed­nes­day’s su­perb 3-1 vic­tory at Dynamo Kiev in the Cham­pi­ons League.

Back-to-back losses to Le­ices­ter and Tot­ten­ham had dam­aged Bar­clays Premier League ti­tle hopes, while the man­ner of last Sun­day’s 5-1 FA Cup exit at Chelsea proved highly con­tro­ver­sial as Manuel Pel­le­grini fielded a weak­ened team.

The re­sult in Kiev, and the ex­cel­lent per­for­mance that se­cured it, there­fore pro­vided a timely shot in the arm for City’s cam­paign, which re­mains alive on three fronts.

Winger Navas said: “It came at the right time, it was a good mo­ment to give us a con­fi­dence boost go­ing into this fi­nal.

“It was a great re­sult away from home, but ob­vi­ously we’re mind­ful that we’ve still got the home leg to come and the tie still needs to be won.

“But we’re very con­fi­dent of our chances for all the com­pe­ti­tions that we re­main in. Ob­vi­ously we’re well placed in the Cham­pi­ons League, we’ve got this fi­nal com­ing up on Sun­day, and we’re not far off the pace ei­ther, we’re pretty well po­si­tioned in the league, so ev­ery­thing to fight for and con­fi­dence is high.”

Navas, who is hop­ing to re­turn to ac­tion af­ter four games out with a ham­string in­jury, also feels City have learned from their mis­takes af­ter be­ing ham­mered by Liverpool 4-1 last Novem­ber.

The 30-year-old said: “We re­alised that at one or two key times in the game at home there were one or two er­rors made.

“We’ve learned from that and hope­fully from the con­fi­dence we’ve got cur­rently we’ll be able to have a re­ally con­cen­trated ef­fort on Sun­day.”

Navas has happy mem­o­ries of the League Cup fi­nal hav­ing scored when City came from be­hind to beat Sun­der­land 3-1 and win the tro­phy two years ago.

He said: “It’s a fan­tas­tic at­mos­phere down at Wem­b­ley, we’re al­ways re­ally up for it and I am in par­tic­u­lar.

“It was fine to score [there] – it was even bet­ter to have won the cup.”

BOOST: Je­sus Navas says that Manch­ester City have their con­fi­dence back

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