Aston Villa take on defending Carabao Cup champions Manchester City at Wembley Stadium in the final of the competition next Sunday.
Villa advanced into the final of the tournament by beating Leicester City on aggregate, with Trezeguet netting a winner in the dying seconds of the second leg.
Guardiola’s side overcame arch-rivals Manchester United 3-2 on aggregate to reach the final once again.
The Midlands side have already sold out their ticket allocation at Wembley so will be roared on by 33,666 supporters in London.
Villa will need to ensure that they play the perfect game if they are to come away with silverware next weekend.
Below, we’ve listed some key things that we feel Smith’s side will need to do if they want to win the competition.
Keep De Bruyne quiet
Easier said than done. The Belgian international has been superb for City once again this season, and if Villa can somehow manage to stifle or even unsettle him, it could be a big advantage.
Counter with pace
City are often exposed at the back due to the sheer number of players they send forward – including their full-backs. However, they’re quick at tracking back so Villa need to make sure their counter-attack swiftly to catch City off guard.
Go through Grealish
Villa’s Jack Grealish is enjoying a stellar season so getting the ball to him has to be a target. If Grealish isn’t seeing much of the ball, then Villa may not have any attacking threat at all, so he needs to be involved at all times.
Don't concede early
The worst thing to do in in a cup final is to concede early, as you may then have to chase the game. Villa need to settle down and frustrate City in order to build their confidence. An early goal for City could potentially open the floodgates.
Hope for luck!
You can draw up the perfect game plan but if you don’t have an element of luck, it could all go to waste. Villa need to hope some decisions go their way and also need to hope that City aren’t in a ruthless mood as they were a few months ago at Villa Park when Smith’s side were recently defeated 6-1 in the Premier League.