Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has warned his teammates not to take Wigan Athletic for granted ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley.
City are massive favourites with the bookmakers against the relegation-strugglers, but Kompany insists that the fixture will be a lot harder than most people expect.
The Belgian defender believes Roberto Martinez’s men have been one of their toughest opponents this campaign, which was illustrated when the two sides met at the Etihad Stadium under a month ago.
City won 1-0 courtesy of a solitary Carlos Tevez strike but were outplayed for large parts of the game, and were lucky to come away with all three points.
"They are one of the more difficult sides we have played this season. You can see it's a team that doesn't fear keeping possession,” said Kompany.
"When it's going well for them they are a very difficult team to play against. We have to be careful.
"When they played us at the Etihad, they were really good and caused us a lot of trouble. If people think it will be easy then it is a mistake."
In preparation for their season-defining clash against the Latics, City rested eight players in the midweek game with West Brom, including instrumental midfielder Yaya Toure.
Toure was originally a doubt for the tie after being substituted at half time during City’s 0-0 draw with Swansea last week - but the Ivorian has since declared himself fit.
"I am good. Sometimes it is difficult to play all the games at the same level and sometimes you can get an injury,” explained Toure.
"But we have worked on that, trying to keep injury far away and concentrate on delivering at the weekend.”
Having been overshadowed by their bitter rivals in this season’s Premier League run-in, City will hope to restore some pride in the blue half of Manchester by overcoming the Latics in tomorrow’s showpiece event.