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SportManchester City are one of the best club sides ever but from Gerard Deulofeu's Wembley heroics to Heurelho Gomes making the most of his final bow, why Watford have reasons to believe in FA Cup final

12:35  17 may  2019
12:35  17 may  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

It wasn't even a yellow - Gracia fumes at Holebas' dismissal

It wasn't even a yellow - Gracia fumes at Holebas' dismissal Jose Holebas will miss the FA Cup final against Manchester City next weekend through suspension, much to the frustration of Javi Gracia.

Manchester City are one of the best club sides ever but from Gerard Deulofeu ' s Wembley heroics to Heurelho Gomes making the most One of the more notable moments of Watford 's first visit to Wembley this season was when Gerard Deulofeu was taken off the pitch and the decision

Manchester City win FA Cup to seal treble with 6-0 demolition of Watford . Read more . Watford ’ s Heurelho Gomes , Abdoulaye Doucoure and team mates walk down the steps after receiving their losers’ Manchester City ’ s Raheem Sterling fires the ball into the roof of the net for City ’ s fifth goal.

Manchester City are one of the best club sides ever but from Gerard Deulofeu's Wembley heroics to Heurelho Gomes making the most of his final bow, why Watford have reasons to believe in FA Cup final © Getty (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Everything that follows comes with a massive, country-sized caveat. By any and every stretch of the imagination, Manchester City will lift the FA Cup and complete the domestic treble on Saturday evening.

They are the best team in the country, which is an excellent feat this season, and they are arguably one of the most impressive club sides of all time. Pep Guardiola has crafted an incredible side.

There's a reason why football is such a watchable sport though, and why you should never count anyone out. The worst team of all time can beat the best, in the right circumstances.

Noble brace powers West Ham to 4-1 win over Watford

Noble brace powers West Ham to 4-1 win over Watford Noble brace powers West Ham to 4-1 win over Watford

Emphatic win against Watford showcased Pep Guardiola’ s Manchester City at their well -grooved best , full of City ’ s victory completed a first ever men’ s domestic treble. And this astonishing team is a team to love, too, so Two passes took the ball to De Bruyne. A jink left Heurelho Gomes on the floor.

Gerard Deulofeu double takes Watford into Cup final after extra-time thriller. “I supposed he would be angry because he wanted to play the semi‑ final ; he had played almost all of the games before. Manchester City are formidable, probably the best team in Europe but it’ s a one ‑off game and we

Manchester City are one of the best club sides ever but from Gerard Deulofeu's Wembley heroics to Heurelho Gomes making the most of his final bow, why Watford have reasons to believe in FA Cup final © Getty (Photo by Matt McNulty - Manchester City/Man City via Getty Images)

So, whether or not City are brilliant, there's another team on the pitch on Saturday and they are not to be counted out.

Why, exactly, should Watford fans feel confident as they alight outside Wembley and gaze upon that arch?

Sportsmail has taken a look and this is why we think Watford should have hope ahead of the game.

Gerard Deulofeu and his Wembley way

Manchester City are one of the best club sides ever but from Gerard Deulofeu's Wembley heroics to Heurelho Gomes making the most of his final bow, why Watford have reasons to believe in FA Cup final © Getty

One of the more notable moments of Watford's first visit to Wembley this season was when Gerard Deulofeu was taken off the pitch and the decision was jeered.

Do you not remember it? It came against Spurs in the Premier League and the little Spaniard had been a handful for the hosts' defence. With Spurs pushing for an equaliser, he kept them occupied and it felt like he might crack them at some stage.

Wembley is special – Zinchenko basks in FA Cup dream

Wembley is special – Zinchenko basks in FA Cup dream For many the FA Cup has lost some of its charm in recent years, but Oleksandr Zinchenko still sees it with the wonder he did as a child.

Gerard Deulofeu double takes Watford into Cup final after extra-time thriller. Read more . It was tempting to deduce that games without any of the Premier League’ s top six make for considerably more interesting viewing than games involving one of them, though the last such FA Cup semi- final

Manchester City are one of the best club sides ever but from 'When I was younger the cup was as The uncertainty over whether he will start for Watford against Manchester City at Wembley Foster himself says Gomes should start, and most neutrals with a beating heart want the same, as

Then there was his introduction in the semi-final, which turned the game. At 2-0 down he put in a brilliant display, scoring a brilliant first and then wrapping the game up in the 104th minute to send his team to the final.

It feels as though he's finally living up to the potential that came with him when he first moved to these shores on loan from Barcelona. There's a reason why he was tipped for great things.

Manchester City are one of the best club sides ever but from Gerard Deulofeu's Wembley heroics to Heurelho Gomes making the most of his final bow, why Watford have reasons to believe in FA Cup final © Getty (Photo by Ben Early/Getty Images)

Deulofeu is only 25, although it feels as though he has been around forever.

That is the age at which most footballers reach their peak.

He has scored five in his last six games, and even bagged in the defeat against West Ham at the weekend.

The only concern now is that he will be injured after coming off as a precaution on Sunday. Deulofeu is a key man in that Watford attack for Saturday.

Watford's returning stars

Manchester City are one of the best club sides ever but from Gerard Deulofeu's Wembley heroics to Heurelho Gomes making the most of his final bow, why Watford have reasons to believe in FA Cup final © Getty (Photo by Ben Early/Getty Images)

Speaking of stars from the FA Cup semi-final — Etienne Capoue is a pretty good option to have on Saturday.

'Wembley is special' – Man City ace Zinchenko basks in FA Cup dream

'Wembley is special' – Man City ace Zinchenko basks in FA Cup dream For many the FA Cup has lost some of its charm in recent years, but the Ukrainian still sees it with the same wonder he did as a child

Manchester City round off an outstanding season by dismantling Watford in the FA Cup final to Watford ' s best chance of over-turning the odds came early on when City keeper Ederson saved at Attempt missed. Gerard Deulofeu ( Watford ) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to

Gerard Deulofeu is the main reason Watford are in the FA Cup final at all. His first goal as substitute against Wolves in a fascinating semi- final , just 12 minutes after coming on, gave Watford hope they could recover a 2-0 deficit. The final of the FA Cup will be one of the best games of my career.

He was absent for the loss against Chelsea in the Premier League due to injury but returned for the weekend's game and put in a decent display, albeit in a losing effort.

And if you want a player to disrupt City's play, Capoue is probably perfect for it. He has made more interceptions than any other player in the Premier League this season, on 86.

They will rely on him to cut out City's slick passing.

Manchester City are one of the best club sides ever but from Gerard Deulofeu's Wembley heroics to Heurelho Gomes making the most of his final bow, why Watford have reasons to believe in FA Cup final © Getty (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

Watford will also be able to call upon Jose Holebas after his red card from the West Ham game was rescinded.

Even at 34, he is one of the most crucial players in the Hornets defence. Without him and Capoue, they would be a significantly weaker team — although it remains to be seen whether that pair put them on City's level.

Javi Gracia's managerial nous

Manchester City are one of the best club sides ever but from Gerard Deulofeu's Wembley heroics to Heurelho Gomes making the most of his final bow, why Watford have reasons to believe in FA Cup final © Getty

Watford managers under the Pozzo family used to be a bit like Defence against the Dark Arts teachers or Spinal Tap drummers.

Then Javi Gracia became the first to survive a summer since promotion last year. And barring some ridiculous confluence of circumstances, he will presumably still be occupying the manager's office at their Colney base come August.

Manchester City vs Watford: FA Cup player ratings

Manchester City vs Watford: FA Cup player ratings Manchester City coasted home to an unprecedented domestic treble in style, picking off a brave Watford side to rack up a record 6-0 win in the FA Cup final. Javi Gracia set up to frustrate City and for large periods of the first half, he was vindicated in his efforts as Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus struggled to get on the ball and affect the game high up the pitch. Roberto Pereyra was presented with all the time and space he needed to open the scoring but failed to find the net, a tale of the two sides fortunes in many ways, as soon enough City were able to break the deadlock themselves, with David Silva providing a clinical finish from Sterling’s looped header.

Gerard Deulofeu scored one of the most incredible goals the new Wembley has ever seen in Sunday's FA Cup semi- final win The impudent chip was all the more impressive as it launched the comeback for his side at 2-0 down. So where does Deulofeu ' s brilliance rank for Sportsmail among

Watford had never lost an FA Cup tie to the south Londoners in four previous games at Vicarage Road and, having emerged victorious in both league matches this season, they looked the better team throughout the first Heurelho Gomes dives to make a save. Photograph: Dan Istitene/Getty Images.

Which is to say he knows what he's doing and has created a positive outlook at Watford.

They've managed some decent results — not least the early victory over Tottenham — and Gracia's side are well suited to playing as the underdog.

Manchester City are one of the best club sides ever but from Gerard Deulofeu's Wembley heroics to Heurelho Gomes making the most of his final bow, why Watford have reasons to believe in FA Cup final © Getty (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

He will also give Pep Guardiola something to think about, given his preference for two strikers and the fact City tend to struggle or are forced to adapt very slightly against that system.

Gracia has the capacity to outthink most. It's just a shame he's up against one of the greatest modern thinkers on football.

Heurelho Gomes' farewell

Manchester City are one of the best club sides ever but from Gerard Deulofeu's Wembley heroics to Heurelho Gomes making the most of his final bow, why Watford have reasons to believe in FA Cup final © Getty Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley

Strange things happen in football and finals. Sometimes players play above themselves to force their team over the line.

Heurelho Gomes has always been a fairly decent goalkeeper. Yet he has the added incentive of knowing this will likely be his last game as a professional footballer.

Gomes is planning to retire at the end of the season. That could provide him the inspiration to dive a bit quicker and stretch a few more inches to repel anything that City hit towards his net.

Manchester City are one of the best club sides ever but from Gerard Deulofeu's Wembley heroics to Heurelho Gomes making the most of his final bow, why Watford have reasons to believe in FA Cup final © Getty (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

And his post-retirement career plan could also play a part. 'I'm prepared for it, I got a call up from God to be a pastor, maybe I'm going to be a pastor,' he said of his future in March.

Liverpool fans mock Man City fan who broke into Wembley press box

Liverpool fans mock Man City fan who broke into Wembley press box Earlier today, a Manchester City fan broke into the Wembley press box to verbally abuse the journalists working in there, claiming that tomorrow’s papers will not focus on City’s historic treble win, suggesting that they’ll run a story about Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah instead, City hammered Watford 6-0 in the FA Cup final to secure the domestic treble, having already claimed the League Cup and the Premier League titles but that seemingly wasn’t enough for the supporter who wanted to make a point about the coverage of his team.

Gerard Deulofeu fed the Argentine, but City goalkeeper Ederson raced from his goal to make a fine save with his trailing leg. City have now won all 11 meetings between these two sides since the club ’ s Abu Dhabi takeover a decade ago. Questions will continue to be asked of the legitimacy of

The 2011 FA Cup final between Manchester City and Stoke would be Nash’ s second experience of the showpiece event and it would almost certainly Despite his professionalism, Nash never did play in a Cup final at Wembley . After making only 10 league appearances in the final seven years of his

Hey, maybe Watford will have god on their side?

Troy Deeney's cojones

Manchester City are one of the best club sides ever but from Gerard Deulofeu's Wembley heroics to Heurelho Gomes making the most of his final bow, why Watford have reasons to believe in FA Cup final © Getty

Listen, Troy Deeney has a habit of saying things that backfire but he's also ridiculously good at stepping up in the biggest games.

They will not come much bigger for a man who will never have imagined getting to this final when he was playing for Halesowen Town.

Like Gomes, he might just have it in him to step up a few percent. That would be an issue for whichever City defender is tasked with handling him.

You know Deeney will handle pressure moments too. There are few players you'd prefer to see standing over a spot kick, for example.

This could also be the peak of his career. That does funny things to footballers.

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