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Hughes, The New Benitez?

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.

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Date:Wednesday September 17 2008
Time: 4:34PM


How long have you been watching football mate? What a funny article. Try playing full on football for 90 minutes and see how it feels. Yes they do train but there are levels of endurance for the human body. Why else would Benitez and Sir Red Nose do it so often. keeps the subs happy too!
17/09/2008 17:28:00
I think we are going to be in for another surprise tomorrow and will need everyone on top of their game. It's been reported that Robhino and co were shagged out after their flights last week but I too hope the changes won't be wholesale. However, Pompey is an important fixture on sunday and we can't afford a no show against them. We still have a small squad in Premier League terms so it'll be interesting to see how Bluesy approaches this and next weeks tricky trip to Brighton.
Johnny Baguette
17/09/2008 17:42:00
We've no Petrov and Johnson unlikely to be risked, so we are limited in the amount of rotation we can do that wont detriment the team too much. Elano and Gelson MAY get a run out and the likes of Hamann rested. It all depends how confident Hughes is of getting a result. JB is right - we need a big performance tomorrow and Sunday, but I'm anticipating wholesale changes for the CC match (rightly or wrongly!).
17/09/2008 20:27:00
Benitez rotates as much as other managers bar Wenger...have a look at the teams Fergie plays.....
5 times
17/09/2008 20:42:00
Just love the headline - class!
17/09/2008 20:49:00
I am sure MH will play the 'Secend Eleven' in the CC match which should be well good enough to see off Brighton.
17/09/2008 21:07:00
You can't go through a whole season playing your best players in every game, especially if you play in Europe. By January most of those players will be too tired to perform well, and since you haven't been playing the squad players much during that time, they won't be performing well also. Squad rotation is part of the modern game, every manager rotates to some extent, Benitez doesn't do it more often than Ferguson or Mourinho when he was here.
18/09/2008 01:53:00
Another concern is how new signings adopt to the winter months. Jo has been playing in Russia so should be fine but Robhino and Zabaleta could be in for a shock. At least this year half our squad know what winter and the intensive Christmas period bring.
Johnny Baguette
18/09/2008 08:24:00
Dont think our summer has been much different to winter, so they'll have had a taster already! Just hope they lap up the sun over in Cyprus while they can!
18/09/2008 08:56:00
It's hot down there right now, so let's have a Samba City performance!
Johnny Baguette
18/09/2008 15:22:00
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