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9 August 2013

Espinoza believes nobody can visit Wembley too many times.

Ahead of Sunday’s Community Shield clash with Manchester United and Latics’ third visit to Wembley Stadium in four months, Roger Espinoza explained how the grandeur of such an arena makes the game just as exciting as the previous two trips.

“Wembley, long time no see but we’re back,” said Espinoza.

“Joking aside, you can never get sick of playing at Wembley because every time you are there it means that something special is happening.

“Last time was a very special day for all of us and hopefully after Sunday we’ll be able to say we’ve won there again.”

Espinoza added that when he entered Wembley the first time round he was completely in awe:

“There are only a few stadiums in the world that you hear about and Wembley is one of those but no matter what you know about a stadium in advance it can never prepare you for what it actually feels like to step out on that pitch.

“I would love to have played at the old Wembley Stadium because of the tradition it carried but it’s just as special to play at the new one and to do it for my second time if I play and the club’s third time is just amazing.”

With Manchester United standing in Latics’ way come Sunday, Espinoza admits he and the squad know the challenge that lies ahead but that they’ll be ready.

“The whole squad is geared up for this game and we’re looking to do the club proud again.

“It’s going to be an amazing experience and we’re facing another tough team because we’re up against the Premier League champions.”

One thing Espinoza believes Latics need to keep up is their excellent start to the season, he continues:

“We played very well against Barnsley and we started the season in the right way.

“A result like that gives you confidence for the game coming up.

“We’re looking to carry on our good start to the season and if we play the way we know we can then we could get ourselves some silverware at the same time.”

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