UWE Rosler insists he will have no problem motivating Latics for this weekend’s FA Cup semi-final with Arsenal.
The cup holders are just 90 minutes away from securing a second final in a row, and will have no fears having already eliminated three Premier League teams en route to the last four.
“We have done it the hard way this season – beating three Premier League teams already,” Rosler acknowledged.
“Saturday’s game will be the easiest one of all for me, because I will not need to motivate my side.
“Unfortunately we have not had eight or nine days to prepare for the game like we had the Manchester City game – which was ideal. But the players will be so up for this game.
“They have so many good memories of playing at Wembley and they are coming on the back of such a strong three months of performances. So why not?”
Having repeatedly proved themselves against top-flight opposition, Rosler is confident the game against Arsenal – who are without a win in their last four matches – will again bring the best out of his men.
“We had to go to our max in all three games,” he said. “But we did well.
“My players have been at that level, they have shown they can compete against the best teams and best players in this country. They have been there for many years.
“They miss that challenge – playing in the Premier League. And the FA Cup has given them chance to do that again.
“They are really driving on because in their own minds they are still Premier League players, and they are desperate to go back there.”
Latics will head down to the capital later today to prepare for the ITV-televised showdown (kick-off 5.07pm).
Rosler has elected for a low-key build-up, with no send-off or Wembley walkabout, to make it as ‘regular’ a game as possible.
As anticipation gathered pace, Wigan council yesterday launched a ‘Believe’ campaign in the Grand Arcade with Emmerson Boyce and Warriors counterpart Sean O’Loughlin.