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UEFA Cup Build Up: Hughes Brings Back The Skipper

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City's gaffer is going through his options ready for the big one in Copenhagen. Can City build upon all the hard work done in reaching the Round of 32...?

The Team News:

City skipper Richard Dunne is certain to start according to the manager: 'Four games out is a long period but we expect him to be refreshed and make an impact.'

The question is, at the expense of who? Many Blues are hoping that Nedum Onuoha will continue to get a decent run in the side.

Robinho has been declared fit despite his alledged thigh strain at Pompey and everyone's favourite BlueHeart Shaun Wright-Phillips will be back in action as inconsistent pisspoor FA decisions don't extend to European competitions.

Hughes told the official site:

'...if you look at the game at the weekend, we possibly lacked that ability to drive past people with pace with the ball and get in behind people.

'We struggled, but Shaun will help in that respect - he takes people on in good areas and things happen when you do that.

'In recent away games - Stoke and Portsmouth spring to mind - teams have set up to make sure they get a draw then anything else is a bonus. Teams have sat back and we haven't been able to break them down and make the chances.

'Then we've been caught out by sucker punches. We've got to create more chances. We are playing too much like the home side away from home, if that makes sense. We've had the majority of possession but without real threat or attacking focus.

'It only takes one slip or a couple of consecutive errors and we concede. Trying to get back on terms then is a difficult task. Chasing games away from home is always more difficult.'

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 17 2009

Time: 3:19PM

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Team News Update: He might be unable to represent City in this season's UEFA Cup but our "Raging Bulgar," Valeri Bojinov will start tonight in the Reserves game against Hull at the Regional Athletics Arena at Sportcity. The team: Schmeichel, Obeng, McGivern, Mee, Brown, Kay, Moore, Tsiaklis, D Ball, Bojinov, McDermott. Subs: Morris, T Johansen (GK), Daly, Trippier, Ibrahim.
Johnny Baguette
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17/02/2009 16:01:00

Dunne doesnt deserve to play. Onouha is in better than richards and dunne. He deserves the chance he has been given now.
enzo city
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17/02/2009 18:43:00

I am looking forward to seeing Dunne back to see if the rest HAS done him good, he was looking so jaded in his last few games.
Doody
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17/02/2009 19:44:00

I think he'll be back, and hopefully back to his best. Maybe alongside Kompany with Ned at RB?
kennyclementstache
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17/02/2009 20:50:00

with no De Jong....Kompany needs to be back in midfield.....
lincolnblue
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18/02/2009 07:57:00

Zab in MF doing the defensive bit?
kennyclementstache
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18/02/2009 19:27:00

Am appalled to see the C*** C*** logos on the Copenhagen clubs stands. Awful to think of them accepting money from one of the worlds largest and most prominent not to say iconic brands. American cultural imperialism polluting the pure Scandinavian sporting spirit. Mark my words, it will be the ruin of football.
kennyclementstache
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18/02/2009 19:31:00

I think Dunne will start and Kompany will move to DM. Richards at RB and SWP to replace Elano. The rest will be the same as Saturday.
Thaibluefan
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18/02/2009 23:49:00

 

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