Skip to main content

Vincent Kompany: How to prepare for a cup final

"I’ve played in several cup finals, but never been on the winning side. What can I do to ensure I’m properly prepared for the occasion?" 
Robert Cheyne, via Twitter

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my mother, it’s whenever you do something successful, try and repeat it every single time.

“This includes preparation, the way you’ve lived up until the moment and then what you did during the moment.

“For me, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a cup final or the first game of the season against a team that’s just been promoted to the Premier League, it’s all the same to me.

“My approach would even be the same for the World Cup final – it’s only after that you realize there was more atmosphere around a big game.

“Fundamentally, preparation should always be the same."

Vincent Kompany is an ambassador for New Balance Football. To find out more go to or follow @NBFootball

For more football tips see:
How to play your cup final day
Topple the favourites in the cup final
Upset the odds to win the cup
Overcome crippling pre-match nerves
Rooney: Big match preparation
Gary Neville: Become a master of mentality
Michael Ballack: Coping with pressure
Demba Ba's big match preparation
Shake off those pre-game nerves
Theo Walcott: Big match preparation