Manchester City assistant manager David Platt believes victory in the FA Cup final over Stoke City can help the club build a winning mentality vital for the future.
City face their Premier League counter-parts in their first domestic final since 1981, aiming for their first trophy not only under Roberto Mancini, but for 35 years.
Victory over Stoke would cap a memorable season at Eastlands, after the club confirmed Champions League qualification with victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday, but Platt believes victory at Wembley is important for the club’s progression.
“If we’re talking about progress in terms of going on from here we’ll be a bigger attraction for players, because the Champions League gives you a bigger stage on which to play on, and from a business perspective its great for the football club,” he said.
“It’s a huge game in terms of the dressing room for a group of players who have already realised an objective of qualifying for the Champions League, but in the cold light of day the fact is, is that you haven’t won anything.
“In terms of making progress in gaining a winning mentality, then I think it’s important from that aspect. If they can win a cup then they’ve gone the distance in something, and I think that all goes well for next year for the competitions that we will be involved in.”
Platt won the FA Cup with Arsenal in 1998, and was victorious with Sampdoria, in the Coppa Italia, four years earlier.
His experience will be vital for a City side that have little in the way of domestic final know-how.
City were knocked out of the Carling Cup by West Bromwich Albion and out of the Europa League by Dynamo Kiev, thereby passing up any opportunity of reaching a major final this season.
They go into the game at Wembley as favorites but Mancini will be wary of his and City’s head-to-head record with Tony Pulis, which reads one win from six games.