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Manchester City defender and Liverpool fan Alex Greenwood eyes a Cup double at Wembley

It could be the perfect weekend for Manchester City defender Alex Greenwood. His side look to win their second trophy of the season when they take on Chelsea in the Women’s FA Cup final on Sunday.

But Greenwood will also have an eye on Saturday’s final, where hometown club Liverpool could keep their quadruple bet alive.

“I wanted Man City to get to the final too,” Greenwood tells Sportsmail. It would have been great for both of us to get there, but it wasn’t meant to be.

Olympic disappointment provided additional motivation for Man City defender Alex Greenwood

Olympic disappointment provided additional motivation for Man City defender Alex Greenwood

Manchester City will look to complete a cup final double over Chelsea on Sunday after beating the Women's Super League winners 3-1 in the Continental League Cup in March.

Manchester City will look to complete a cup final double over Chelsea on Sunday after beating the Women’s Super League winners 3-1 in the Continental League Cup in March.

‘I am very proud of where I come from and who I support. It’s my family’s club, so I’ll always want Liverpool to do well, but I also love my club. [City] do it right At the moment they go face to face [in the Premier League]I see it as an amazing time to watch football and two fantastic teams going head to head.’

Greenwood has been perhaps City’s most consistent player this season. In a campaign that saw several key players sit out due to injuries, Greenwood played in every game in the league. Over the course of the season, he has had four different central defender partners in Steph Houghton, Ruby Mace, Alanna Kennedy and Jill Scott.

“It’s never nice to see your teammates miss games with injuries, it’s not something you want to see.” It was difficult to see your teammates go through those moments.

“Losing Steph was huge for our team, she is the captain and an important part of the team. I just had to focus on myself and make sure I was the best I could be and hopefully that helped the partner I was playing with.

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Greenwood’s side take on Chelsea in the Women’s FA Cup final at Wembley on Sunday.

“Going from Ruby, who is very young and still learning the game, to someone like Alanna, who is very experienced and probably knows the position a little bit better with her age and experience, and then Jill, who is a midfielder, I probably had To help”. she goes out a lot more than the others, but these girls play for Man City for a reason: they are the best players and they know the game, they know how we play.

“It was just a case of moving on, being the best I could be and trying to help the person next to me.”

Greenwood started this season after missing out on a spot on the Team GB squad for the Olympics. Despite being ‘heartbroken’ at the time, her extra time allowed her a full pre-season and gave her extra motivation ahead of the new campaign.

“I was so disappointed last summer,” says Greenwood. “Obviously I was going to be heartbroken to some degree by the decision.

‘But when I think about it now, he probably did me a favor. I had the opportunity to do things in the summer that I had never been able to do before, especially in the preseason. I have to work on things that sometimes you are not in a position to do.

Man City boss Gareth Taylor (above) has helped Greenwood progress this season

Greenwood credits Man City boss Gareth Taylor (above) for his progress this season

“The club was amazing to me during that period of time, Gaz (Gareth Taylor) was very good to me in terms of getting involved and working on the things he wanted me to improve on.”

A slow start to the season saw City languish below mid-table at Christmas, but a resurgence in January saw them regain third place. They also beat Chelsea 3-1 in the Continental League Cup final and have since won 13 games in a row.

“I think sometimes we don’t get the credit we deserve as a club and as a team. The results of the first part of the season were not like us, but in no way did the results reflect the performances.

Liverpool fan Greenwood hopes Jurgen Klopp's side can also deliver at Wembley on Saturday

Liverpool fan Greenwood hopes Jurgen Klopp’s side can also deliver at Wembley on Saturday

“Sometimes it was a case of bad luck, bad decisions and sometimes maybe we weren’t good enough that day, but that’s part of football.” Since Christmas I think we’ve been brilliant. That is a credit to the team and the staff. We stuck together through our mentality.

‘The Conti Cup final was huge for us because I think on that day we showed, especially in the second half, how good we are and maybe we proved some people wrong. It was something we always knew we were capable of doing, but I don’t think many other people did.

“We go into the last game of the season with a lot of confidence and in very good shape.

‘Confidence is huge, which is what we have a lot of at the moment. We are playing very good football. We will never change the way we want to play no matter what shape we are in. It’s who we are and who we identify with.’

With Steph Houghton still unavailable, Greenwood could well find herself on free-kick duty on Sunday and the defender no doubt got some inspiration from her best friend Mollie Green, who scored a spectacular wonder goal in the 97th minute to keep Coventry United in the Championship on the last day of the season.

‘I can’t lie, I don’t think I’ll ever hit a free kick as sweet as that! That was a moment for the club with everything that happened with the reduction of points, they almost did not exist at Christmas. I remember the conversations I had with her and some of the girls were in a really difficult position.

“She is my best friend and I was very proud of her and I was very glad that I was able to be there at the time. I think she has an advantage over me on free throws, I don’t think she can beat that one!

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