Nasri out to end Wembley woe

Last Updated: Sat, 01 Mar 2014 13:43

Samir Nasri is determined to end his Wembley hoodoo by helping Manchester City beat Sunderland on Sunday in the Capital One Cup final.

Nasri has played in two previous cup finals at Wembley but finished as a loser on both occasions.

He was in the Arsenal side that lost to Birmingham City in the 2011 Carling Cup final and then played in last year's FA Cup final for City when Wigan overcame the odds.

However, he can help erase those memories by playing a part in a City victory over Sunderland this weekend and he is determined to finally taste success at Wembley.

"At the moment Wembley has unhappy memories for me," said the France international. "After losing two finals there, it is time for me to win one. They were similar games and I want to avoid the same thing happening.

"We were heavy favourites to win both finals, just as we are this time. The memories still hurt, and what is worse is that at the end of the season the teams that beat us went down.

"You go back home after those games, play the game again in your head, and it's difficult to handle."

Meanwhile, the 26-year-old has paid tribute to Manuel Pellegrini, who has helped rejuvenate the playmaker's career this season.

He added: "From the very first training session he told me exactly what he wanted from me.

"I really like the way he talks to me and he made me feel important again, and after that I go out on the pitch and try everything for him.

"Because he trusts you so, you have to do everything for him."

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