Pennant - Pressure on City
Stoke winger Jermaine Pennant believes the majority of pressure is on Man City ahead of the FA Cup final.
Last Updated: 09/05/11 4:32pm
Stoke winger Jermaine Pennant believes the majority of pressure is on favourites Manchester City ahead of the FA Cup final.
The 28-year-old thinks the Wembley clash against Roberto Mancini's expensively-assembled squad will be 'one of the toughest games of our lives', but is confident they will be able to compete.
Tony Pulis' Stoke have spent the last three seasons in the Premier League proving people wrong and upsetting the bigger clubs, which was highlighted by their 3-1 win over third-placed Arsenal at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday.
And although a one-off match at a neutral venue may benefit Manchester City's vast array of experienced internationals, Stoke showed with their 5-0 semi-final demolition of Bolton they can perform on the big occasion.
"We will be underdogs next week, there's no doubt about that, but people said we were the underdogs yesterday," said Pennant, who has helped his team to a five-match unbeaten run ahead of the trip to Wembley.
"We like it that way. We always seem to be the underdogs but that title suits us, it takes a bit of pressure off.
"In recent weeks we have proven that we can cut it against the top teams in this division.
"We held Chelsea to a draw and we beat a very good Arsenal side pretty comfortably, so we are in fine form at the moment.
"We need to make sure we keep going though. A lot of people asked questions as to whether the 5-0 win against Bolton would hinder our progress in the league but I think we have answered that with our performances.
"People keep asking questions of us and we keep answering them. We will need to do that again on Saturday because it will be one of the toughest games of our lives."
Although Stoke are looking to lift the famous old trophy for their first time in their history, Pulis believes the long-term future of the club will be linked to their Premier League record.
"People are talking about the weekend being the most important day in the club's history, but what we mustn't forget is that next season we get our fourth year in the Premier League," he said.