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UEFA Cup Build Up: Given Experience Is Crucial

UEFA Cup Build Up: Given Experience Is Crucial

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City's defenders can prepare for tonight's clash in Copenhagen knowing they have a wealth of international experience between the sticks behind them...




For all Joe Hart's brilliant potential, there is nothing like having that extra bit of international goalkeeping savvy in your side going into the UEFA Cup knock out stages.

Shay Given has that by the lorry load and it will be interesting to see how he links up with returning City skipper Richard Dunne at the heart of the defence.

Given gave his assessment of tonight's task to City's O'fishal website:

'It is a great trophy in terms of kudos for any team to win and I am sure all the teams left in it are as desperate to win as we are. There is definitely a different feeling playing in Europe, it is hard to define but there is a special atmosphere surrounding match nights.

'Sometimes there is not the blood and thunder of the Premier League and it is a little bit cagier. You find teams want to keep possession more and try to hit you on the break.

'I have some great memories of European nights at Newcastle and I hope to have some more here this season.

'Last weekend at Portsmouth was a huge disappointment for everyone involved with the club. On the day we were not good enough and we need to rectify that. Whenever you have a bad performance it is great if the next match comes quickly and you can immediately start to put the record straight...

'...we know that we let the fans down at Portsmouth when we were not good enough on the day.

'The extremely cold temperatures in Denmark will not be a problem. Sometimes when it is really cold the ball moves all over the place but the modern ball does that any way.

'It is just nice to be back in Europe again and it is great to be in with a chance of winning a trophy. Who knows which team's name is on the cup. It could be ours.'


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On 27 November 2008, Carl travelled over to Germany to watch his beloved side play Schalke in the UEFA Cup, however due to a tragic incident at a German train station, Carl suffered life threatening injuries.

Due to this horrendous incident, Carl ended up in a coma for three weeks. He is currently in a rehabilitation unit in Germany while his family remain by his bedside.

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Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Thursday February 19 2009
Time: 5:57AM

Comments

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Hughes may want to reward Hart with the European place and to show that he is still in his plans.
Buzz Lightyear
19/02/2009 06:07:00
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I can't see it, Buzz. Hughes has gone on record as saying that the UEFA Cup is being treated seriously and he won't have spent £6 million of the Sheikh's wedge to not play the new keeper in Denmark. Imagine the stick he'd get if he played Hart and we got beat?!!
Johnny Baguette
19/02/2009 06:18:00
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He may want to give Hart some hope but this is an important match which he can ill afford to lose so strongest team on the pitch.
Doody
19/02/2009 07:26:00
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If he wanted to give Hart a pick up then maybe Middlesboro' would have been the game although as we've seen Given probably saved us the game.
kennyclementstache
19/02/2009 09:44:00
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