Aston Villa boss Dean Smith on "massive opportunity" in League Cup Final

Aston Villa Manager, Dean Smith, has spoken of the “massive opportunity” for his side as they prepare to face Manchester City in the League Cup Final on Sunday (March1).

Ahead of the Wembley meeting, Smith discussed his side’s chances, the opposition they face and how his team have responded following last week’s league defeat to Southampton.

“I see it as a massive opportunity, the lads have done so well to get to the final. “Football is about winning things, sport is about winning things and we’ve got an opportunity now where we’re going to be massive underdogs against a world-class team but I can probably only name one or two teams who wouldn’t be underdogs against Manchester City.”

Dean Smith

With attention turning back to the league next week, Smith insisted the result at the weekend won’t impact the rest of Villa’s campaign.

“Whether we win or lose it certainly won’t define the season because there’s another 11 games to go.

Dean Smith

ITV Central Reporter, Mark Kielesz-Levine, has been at Villa Park this week ahead of the game.

"Make no mistake, and forgive me for stating the obvious, but Aston Villa will be heavy underdogs come Sunday against a City side who have just beaten Real Madrid in their own backyard. "But in Cup finals, you just never know. Wigan caused a huge shock when they beat City in the FA Cup Final in 2013 and Villa's neighbours, Birmingham, beat favourites Arsenal in this competition at Wembley in 2011- so it can be done!

Mark Kielesz-Levine

The match takes place at 4.30pm on Sunday, watch the above video to hear Dean Smith’s thoughts ahead of the game.

Watch our programme for the West Midlands from 6pm on Monday for a special report on the tie.