UWE Rosler admitted the FA Cup quarter-final draw that takes Wigan Athletic to Manchester City left him with ‘a big smile on my face’.
There will be a repeat of last year’s final at the Etihad on the weekend of March 8/9, with the winners advancing to a Wembley semi-final.
And Rosler, a City legend from his playing days but now fully focused on Latics, is determined the result will be the same.
“It couldn’t really have been a better draw, it left me with a smile on my face,” he told the Evening Post last night.
“It’s obviously a special tie for myself, with my history and emotional bond to Manchester City.
“But Wigan Athletic is my priority now and I will do everything I can to make sure we win the tie.
“The supporters will travel there in big numbers again, and they will enjoy the day. I’m a big believer that things happen for a reason - and we will go there to win.”
Latics have already travelled to the Etihad in cup combat this term, going down 5-0 in the Capital One Cup in September under Owen Coyle’s stewardship. But Rosler is confident things can, and will, be different this time.
“The good thing is there will be little pressure on us, and we will be looking to rise to the challenge,” he added.
“We will go there as massive underdogs - just like the final last year - but it’s something to look forward to.
“Having said that, there are plenty of important games in the league before then - starting with Barnsley on Tuesday.”
Ben Watson - the hero of last season’s Wembley final - was again the matchwinner for Latics as they booked their place in the last eight with a 2-1 win at Cardiff on Saturday.
But the midfielder will miss tomorrow’s league visit of the Tykes after being forced off at the start of the second half through injury.