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Media watch: Yaya's Wembley heroics

YAYA TOURE: Our number 42 has shone at Wembley for the Blues in previous years.

YAYA TOURE: Our number 42 has shone at Wembley for the Blues in previous years.

It's FA Cup semi-final day and it's time for your daily round-up of all the City related news in the national media.

We start off today by heading to the Manchester Evening News and their article about Yaya Toure's Wembley heroics.

One of their five national stadium moments discussed is the 2011 FA Cup final against Stoke City, which saw the Blues end their 35-year wait for a trophy.

Stuart Brennan writes: "The final was in one way an anti-climax after beating the Reds in the semi but with 16 minutes left he homed in on a loose ball in the opposition box and crashed his shot through a crowd of players.

"That ended a 35-year wait for a trophy and gave the Blues the winning mentality that would lead to the Premier League title the following year."

The Daily Mail feature an in-depth interview with Leroy Sane ahead of today's spectacle, covering a range of topics from his friendship with Raheem Sterling, how Matija Nastasic gave him advice before his move to City and Pep Guardiola's advice to him.

The German international also speaks about the FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal and how he's looking forward to the game, as well as speaking with fellow team mates about their previous Wembley experiences.

Sane is quoted as saying: "I've never been. The closest was watching Bayern and Dortmund on TV in the 2013 Champions League final there. I am very excited about playing there, looking forward to it. I have been told it is a very big game for all the people in England.

"People have told me it's good because the fans are split into two, so if you score a goal at the end where your fans are, it is amazing. (Vincent) Kompany, (Gael) Clichy, Sterling, all the players who have been there have been telling me."

Completing the FA Cup semi-final previews, we get a view from the opposition as Michael Cox and Adrian Clarke analyse City's threats on the official Arsenal website.

The duo pick out Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany as the dangermen, but we focus on their section on the Blues' strengths in which they gush about Pep Guardiola's attacking style of football.

Cox and Clarke state: "City play with tremendous width. Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane should start on either flank here, stretching the play and creating gaps for team-mates to pass through. Their combination play is sometimes mesmeric, particularly when Silva commands play from between the lines.

"I remember for that first goal in the Premier League game, it was impressive how City clipped the ball up to the front to play out from the back. The one-touch pass from De Bruyne and the early run from Sane really caught Bellerin out in that particular situation. Arsenal’s players all over the pitch need to be mentally sharp in this game, and expect the unexpected."

Finally, Kelechi Iheanacho says he is ready to fight for his place in the team in an interview with BBC Sport.

The 20-year old speaks highly about his strike partners and praises his fellow team mates for allowing him to develop his skills each day.

He's quoted as saying: "Sergio Aguero and Gabriel (Jesus) are really really great players that we need in our team.

"As a young player, I'm happy playing alongside these fantastic players because I learn and get better every day.

"It's a big thing for my career to compete with these players. I'm okay with the way things are going and I wish Gabriel a quick recovery to return and help the team."

That’s all for today’s media roundup – join us again tomorrow for all the reaction to City’s FA Cup semi-final.

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