Legendary striker says Brighton will need 11 heroes to topple Manchester City

Bobby Zamora. Picture by PW Sporting Photography
Bobby Zamora. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Brighton & Hove Albion legend Bobby Zamora says the Seagulls will need 11 heroes to beat Manchester City in the semi-finals of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Albion are huge underdogs for the game at Wembley but Zamora, who scored 90 goals for Brighton in three spells, feels the pressure is off and that the Seagulls can cause an upset.


Zamora, speaking exclusively to 888sport, said: "They are going to need 11 heroes.


"I’m looking at the two centre-halves who will have to do a fantastic job – Dunky and Duffy.


"Those guys are going to have to be on their game because it’s going to be very tough obviously. Those two can be heroes by shutting City out as best they can.


"Going forward we always look at Glenn Murray with his experience and then on the wing I like Anthony Knockaert who can unlock doors and create a bit of brilliance and win a game.


"Brighton have a few players who can provide an attacking threat and it depends on who Chris (Hughton) goes with but for me it comes down to the two centre-halves.


"It will be a bit of release against City because the pressure is off and I always liked to play in those games as the underdog where you’re not expected to win. They will be focusing solely on the semi-final and they can cause an upset."


Manchester City are still in the running for the quadruple this season. They have already won the EFL Cup, are in a two-horse race with Liverpool for the Premier League, are in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and face Albion in the semi-finals of the FA Cup on Saturday.


Zamora believes City will be the best ever team to have graced the Premier League if they win the quadruple.


He said: "Manchester City are a special team, they really are.


"For years now they have been a great footballing side and especially at home where I’ve been on the receiving end of some big wins for them at their ground.


"They’re a fantastic side and I remember Jamie Redknapp saying recently they’re the best team the league has ever seen and they’re certainly up there that’s for sure.


"They’re on track to win multiple trophies and if they win a treble they will be one of the best. If they win the quadruple it’s undoubted that they’re the greatest team ever in the Premier League."

Read the full 888sport interview with Bobby Zamora including his thoughts on why the FA Cup is the best trophy of them all here

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