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UEFA Build Up: Hughes v McClaren - Game On.

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The countdown to City's first ever UEFA Cup group encounter continues and now the two managers have spoken out over their expectations and targets before Thursday night's Eastlands clash.

Bluesy is clearly holding out for home advantage to pay off...

'When we play in front of our own fans, there is a freedom in our play. There is a positive attitude in everything we try to do. It is important to win our first game, given the make-up of the competition.

'If you win your home matches it gives you an opportunity to qualify from the group.If we can pick up even a point from the two away games, I think that will be enough.'

...meanwhile, I'm not so sure that Steve McClueless actually paid attention for the City no show at Bolton based on these quotes...

'They (City) are as strong and as physical as anyone in the league. They don't seem to be getting results away from home but their home form is very good. They are capable of scoring goals and winning games so it will be very difficult.

'They have strong flair players but they also have a good backbone with Micah Richards, Richard Dunne and Tal Ban Haim and they are strong but also creative.

'Consistency at the moment is what we are all searching for, their home record is very very good and we will have to play very well to get a result.

'I would take a draw, no problem away from home in Europe, I have always said that.

'The pressure is all on City, not us, and I would take a draw at this moment.'

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 5 2008

Time: 10:21PM

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we need to get something from this game .. perhaps all three points its gonna be difficult playing Schalke and Santander away from home.
ArabianKnight
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05/11/2008 22:47:00

If we fail to win, this really will be a case of alarm bells ringing, Arabian. Not only for our UEFA campaign, but in the Premier League too where our "point banker" games have all but dried up.
Johnny Baguette
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05/11/2008 22:55:00

This time it'll just need some hunger, basically. Me, I like to carve when the meat is still warm. Sure that's how it will be.
Sindbad
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05/11/2008 22:59:00

Aha! McClueless is probably right regarding the pressure. He's going to set the Twente stall out for a draw.
Johnny Baguette
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05/11/2008 23:20:00

A draw would be a good result for them and a disaster for us. They now if they come out our attack will create chances by the bucket load, Their best chance is on the break.
Buzz Lightyear
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06/11/2008 07:21:00

I hope they do come for a draw......it will give us the edge......cos if they come at us from the start we will struggle..........we NEED an early goal to stop the nerves too...
lincolnblue
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06/11/2008 07:36:00

I'd also like to have seen Hughes and Dunne in interviews setting their sights higher than trying to win at home and get a point away. Sends out the wrong signal, I reckon.
Johnny Baguette
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06/11/2008 12:30:00

 

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