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