Coyle full of confidence ahead of Community Shield match at Wembley
Owen Coyle believes that although Wigan Athletic will be underdogs in this weekend’s Community Shield match against Manchester United, if his side show the same kind of quality and determination they did at Oakwell last weekend then there’s nothing they can’t achieve.
As FA Cup holders, Latics take on the Premier League champions in the showpiece game at Wembley on Sunday, and the gaffer says that despite the opposition’s global status, his players have already shown that are capable of upsetting the odds and claiming another piece of silverware for the DW Stadium trophy cabinet.
He said: “The whole group have trained really well this week on the back of a great result and great performance at Barnsley last weekend.
“I’ve stressed that we have to maintain those levels of performance, and that if we do more often than not we’ll pick up positive results.
“Sunday is an opportunity to win a trophy, it’s as simple as that.
“We have the task of trying to do that against the champions of England and one of the biggest clubs in world football.
“So it’s going to be a very tough game for us and we will be labelled as underdogs before the game but we have no doubt that if we perform to the best of our ability on the day then there’s nothing we can’t achieve.
“Thomas Rogne is the only concern we have at the moment. Slowly but surely he’s getting back to a stage whereby he can compete for a place in the team again, but he’s told me he’ll play if he’s really needed which shows the type of commitment he has for the club.”
Like Latics, Manchester United have a new man in the dugout from this season, after David Moyes took over from Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer, and whilst Coyle has tipped the former Everton boss to bring more success to Old Trafford in the future, this weekend is all about what his team can do on the biggest of stages:
“We know we’ll be playing against a team with quality all over the pitch and the media spotlight on them as always, after the arrival of David Moyes as Manager.
“I know David well, and I’ve no doubt in my mind that come the end of the season they’ll be right up there once again competing for the title.
“But come Sunday our only concern is ourselves, and with the world watching we want to show who we are and how much quality we have in our team.
“We want to enjoy the occasion, but we can only enjoy it by winning the game, and with the kind of backing we had from supporters at Oakwell we all believe we can do just that.
“Wigan Athletic have had success the last two times we’ve been to Wembley, and we want to maintain that record this weekend.
“The players all want to be able to leave the pitch on Sunday knowing they could not have given any more for the team in, for me, the greatest venue in world football.”
To see what else Coyle had to say on this weekend’s game, the new arrival of James McClean to the DW Stadium and his relationship with David Moyes [click here].