Updated: Tuesday, 31st March 2020 @ 1:33pm

Manchester City must 'go all guns blazing' in League Cup to end 37-year heartache, claims Joleon Lescott

Manchester City must 'go all guns blazing' in League Cup to end 37-year heartache, claims Joleon Lescott

By Dean Wilkins

After crashing out of the League Cup to eventual winners Liverpool in the semi-finals, Manchester City’s Joleon Lescott is desperate to go one better this season.

The Blues lost 3-2 on aggregate to Kenny Dalglish’s men and Lescott – who netted his team’s only goal against Arsenal on Sunday – believes it is time they ended their 37-year wait to lift the trophy.

The newly-named Capital One Cup is considered by many of the Premier League’s top clubs as the least desirable competition to win, and regularly deploy youth academy players, but Lescott is urging City to take their Aston Villa tie tonight seriously.

"I think we should go all guns blazing and try to win this trophy,” the England centreback said. “Whichever team [Roberto Mancini] puts out will be a strong one, so I'm sure we can have a real go at it.

"I supported Villa as a kid so it's always a great occasion when I play against them, but the manager hasn't said how he'll approach this game.

“It's a quick turnaround having played Arsenal on Sunday, but we have such depth in the squad that I'm sure there'll be changes made.

"We'd definitely like to win the Capital One Cup. We'd take anything, any trophy! When you get to the latter stages of this competition it's up there with the best of them.”

And after rival centreback Rio Ferdinand confessed his joy at witnessing youngsters play for Manchester United in the cup, Lescott echoed his calls that rising stars must grasp their opportunity.

"It'll be up to whoever is picked to give the manager a headache for Fulham on Saturday,” he said. “You have to make it difficult for him to leave you out.

"We will be looking to beat Villa because we’ve been a bit stop-start this season. We know if we can hit a certain level we will be hard to beat. It's hard for anyone to match us when we hit our rhythm.

“We know we're not quite there yet, but it's very early days and we're still in with a shout and we’re still unbeaten in the League which is a positive, too.”

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