Samir Nasri made his return from injury to score City's second and secure the victory

Manchester City v Sunderland: Samir Nasri insists City players are focused on final and determined to bring home League Cup trophy

Nasri stresses that the minimum the squad can do is win the Capital One Cup at Wembley on Sunday

Sunderland keeper Vito Mannone celebrates making a save during Wednesday's shoot out

Manchester City v Sunderland: Vito Mannone determined not to allow chance of League Cup birthday present to pass him by

Mannone turns 26 on Sunday when he will be walking out at Wembley to try and help Sunderland win the Capital One Cup

Adam Johnson celebrates after pulling Sunderland level with Southampton

Manchester City v Sunderland: Adam Johnson believes Black Cats must beat the best team in England for League Cup success

Sunderland beat City earlier in the season but they must repeat the feat at Wembley in order to lift the Capital One Cup

Costel Pantilimon and Joe Hart (right) are vying to play in goal for Manchester City tomorrow

Manchester City v Sunderland: Joe Hart prepared to sit out League Cup final is Manuel Pellegrini sticks with Costel Pantilimon

Hart has regained his position as first choice goalkeeper but Pellegrini has chosen to play Pantilimon in the domestic cups so far this season

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Victory for winger against his former club would cap his other achievements

Costel Pantilimon and Joe Hart (right) are vying to play in goal for Manchester City tomorrow

Capital One Cup Final: Manchester City v Sunderland - Joe Hart ‘man enough’ to accept being dropped for Costel Pantilimon

Joe Hart has said he will be “man enough” to accept being dropped for a Wembley final. The England goalkeeper is likely to make way for Costel Pantilimon for the Capital One Cup final, just as he replaced the Romanian for last year’s FA Cup final against Wigan Athletic.

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Capital One Cup Final: Manchester City v Sunderland - Black Cats need to believe like we did in ’73, says Dennis Tueart

The legendary Wembley shock against Leeds offers Gus Poyet some pointers on how to upset the odds

Former Sunderland loanee Jonny Evans dragged United back into the tie with a first-half header, but they needed a last-gasp Javier Hernandez strike to take it to penalties after Bardsley's 119th-minute goal looked to have booked Sunderland's trip to Wembley. But David Moyes' men wasted their reprieve in a dreadful shoot-out in which only Darren Fletcher was successful for the hosts, to allow Marcos Alonso and Ki to complete the job for the Wearsiders.

Manchester City v Sunderland: The two teams' routes to the Capital One Cup final at Wembley

The two teams meet at Wembley on Sunday afternoon

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Manchester City v Sunderland: Sergio Aguero in contention for Capital One Cup final

Manuel Pellegrini reveals his star striker could feature at Wembley on Sunday

Adam Johnson controls the ball during a training session with Sunderland

Manchester City v Sunderland: Adam Johnson says Capital One Cup victory would top City achievements

The winger says a victory on Sunday would be a career highlight

Chris Powell celebrates Charlton's 2-1 FA Cup fifth round victory over Sheffield Wednesday by swinging on the crossbar in front of the celebrating away fans

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