Hughes, The New Benitez?
Mark Hughes is preparing to rotate his squad as the Blues play three games in the next week. The UEFA cup game is the first test for Mark Hughes and the squad. Mark is looking at the possibility of resting key players such as Jo, Robinho and Zabaleta.
In my opinion, I can't see why Mark Hughes would possibly want to rotate the squad. The more the squad plays together the more chance the team will improve, and gel to a considerable standard. However we do have good back up players, for example I would love to see Onouha, Garrido, Evans and co, step up to the occasion, but it's these games that will help Robinho and Zabaleta understand Manchester City's style of play.
The rotation effect can also have a damaging effect on the team. If you look at Liverpool, they have a very strong team capable of winning the premiership, but Benitez insists on playing everyone, which in return can cause a certain dip in consistency.
Something I don't understand however is how can these players struggle to play 270 minutes worth of football in a week? It's not like these athletes don`t train every day in order to reach a high level of fitness, and they certainly get paid enough to play more than a mere 90 minutes a week.
I just hope that this rotation tactic that Hughes is preparing to use is a one off, and we get back to seeing Manchester City's best eleven, out on the pitch every game.