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Ex-Blue Rosler hopes to control emotions at City

WIGAN boss Uwe Rosler will do his best to keep on top of his emotions when the Latics visit his old club Manchester City in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday, but may well find it difficult to do so.

Rosler, the former striker who played for City during the 1990s, will never forget how Blues fans supported him during the battle against cancer he went through after being diagnosed in 2003.

The 45-year-old German has no doubt that hearing thousands of City supporters singing his name over the phone while he was in hospital was a key moment in his route to recovery.

And asked if Sunday's contest would be an emotional affair for him, Rosler said: "I would be lying if I said no. But I have to make sure that the professional side takes over and not the emotional side.

"That will be my personal focus on the day – to look to enjoy the occasion, but to make sure I'm absolutely concentrated on the job in hand."

Asked if it would be difficult to divorce himself on the day from the bond he has with City, Rosler said: "It will be interesting. When I was just recovering from cancer and had finished with my treatment, I went there to say thank you for the support I got from the club and from the supporters, and that was a very emotional moment.

Wonderful

"Now, all these years later, I'm going to be there with a wonderful football club as a manager.

"It is quite a story, and the emotions will be there, but I also know I am a very professional guy and I can focus on the job in hand.

"So we will see – ask me after the game!"

The encounter at the Etihad Stadium is a rematch of last year's FA Cup final, which Wigan famously emerged from with a shock 1-0 win.

The goalscorer that day at Wembley was midfielder Ben Watson, who this week agreed terms on a new contract with the Latics after suffering a double leg fracture recently.

Rosler, appointed as manager in December, said: "I think it is fantastic from the chairman (Dave Whelan) and our football club to support Ben in such a difficult time."


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