O'Shea - 'It's something you dream of'


Skipper focused but excited ahead of Sunday's Wembley final.

Sunderland captain John O’Shea says lifting the Capital One Cup trophy at Wembley on Sunday would be the stuff of dreams.

The Republic of Ireland international has featured in every round of the cup journey to date and, should the Black Cats win on Sunday, he’ll bag the fourth League Cup medal of his career having previously won the trophy on three occasions with Manchester United.

“It would be an amazing achievement and it’s something that obviously you dream of, lifting a trophy,” O’Shea said. “If we can do our stuff we’ll obviously have a chance - we’re under no illusions it’s going to be a tough task but one we’re fully focused on achieving.

“We’ve been on a great cup run and obviously now getting to the final against Manchester City is a great occasion to look forward to.

“It’s also a chance to win a major trophy for Sunderland, and to create a bit of history as well, so it’s a massive game and one you can only really enjoy if you come out on top.”

The 32-year-old has played at Wembley in the past with both the Republic of Ireland and Manchester United and he told SAFSee that no matter what the occasion the 90,000 capacity stadium always provides a special atmosphere.

“No matter whether you’re there for a friendly game, an international game or a Community Shield, once you pull up you see the atmosphere building,” he added.

“You always see the fans from a good bit out and you know it’s a big day; we’ll be fully prepared from this week’s training and minds [will be] fully focused on what we have to do.

“It’s very special occasion for me, my first one [cup final] with Sunderland.”

O’Shea skippered the Black Cats to a 1-0 win over Manchester City back in November in the Barclays Premier League.

And though he feels his side will take confidence from that win, and those against Chelsea and Manchester United en route to the final, O’Shea believes cup finals can throw the form book and history out of the window.

“It [1-0 win over City] is definitely on your mind because that’s the only game we’ve played against City this season,” O’Shea continued.

“It’s one of those things, obviously a final is different on the day but I’m sure City will be well aware of the last time we played them and they’ll have that on their minds too.

“We’ve got to make sure that even though we’ve beaten City before, we know we had to work very hard to do that and survive a few scares along the way.

“It’s an amazing achievement to have reached the final with the teams we’ve beaten along the way to get to this stage.

“It’s one more step to go to complete it and no-one could say we’ve done it the easy way with some of the teams we’ve played against.”