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UEFA Cup: Hughes Raises The Turkey Steaks



On the eve of Aalborg's last stand in Europe against Manchester City, Mark Hughes looks at the big picture and declares MCFC is ready to go for glory...

'We only got in the competition because we won the Fairplay League. We're probably grateful to be in there, but it was an opportunity we wanted to take.

'Other clubs took a different view of the competition and prioritised the Premier League. We like to think we've concentrated on both. We're proud to be the last English club standing. We'd be even prouder to get to a European final.

The gaffer then looked back on what has been achieved over an energy sapping campaign that saw City fly to a superb victory in Schalke with only 18 fit players:

'Did we think we'd do so well? When you looked at it from the start of the campaign there were some fantastic teams in there, even before the Champions League drop-outs came in.

'So it's been an achievement up to this point - but we'd like to see something more substantial at the end of it. If we can keep going we will reap the benenfit, not just this season but in future in terms of experience.'

Above all else, the hardcore travelling army and the 25,000 Blues who have braved the Eastlands elements throughout this campaign will hopefully get their reward for all their loyal support.

Hughes then weighed up the mission to defeat Aalborg:

'They are a good side. People shouldn't underestimate the task that is ahead of us.

'They have caused good teams problems in the past and people shouldn't be distracted by how well we played in the first leg.

'They didn't play as well as people expected because of the manner of our performance.

'If they get ahead they are likely to cause you problems. We have to make sure we are in control of the tie.'

City (from): Given, Hart, Schmeichel, Richards, Onuoha, Dunne, Bridge, Garrido, Zabaleta, Wright-Phillips, Elano, Caicedo, Ireland, Fernandes, Vassell, Weiss, Robinho, Evans, Berti, Etuhu.

PLEASE CONTRIBUTE TO THE CARL RAMSBOTTOM APPEAL:

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.

The family are hopeful that Carl might be in a position to be repatriated to a rehab unit within the United Kingdom, hopefully sometime this month.

If you would like to make a donation, please make cheques payable to P&W MCFCCSA and send it to Ian Ramsbottom. 12 Plant Hill Road Blackley M96NH.

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Thank you.



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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday March 18 2009

Time: 2:26PM

Your Comments

wow i actually agree with what hughes says....nurse can you get me more tablets please lol
bluemooner_mcfc
wow i actually agree with what hughes says....nurse can you get me more tablets please lol
bluemooner_mcfc
You've treat the competition with respect and I hope you do well in it.
PooliePoolie
You've treat the competition with respect and I hope you do well in it.
PooliePoolie
One thing for certain is that the matches get harder from now on and we need Robinho to show that he is not just a home boy.
Buzz Lightyear
One thing for certain is that the matches get harder from now on and we need Robinho to show that he is not just a home boy.
Buzz Lightyear
Careful BM..... lol
Doody
Careful BM..... lol
Doody
90 minutes of concentration is what's called for. No lapses, errors, going to sleep etc. and we should be home and dried. As Hughes says, if they go in front they'll cause us problems, but hopefully they'll be chasing the game and leave gaps for us to exploit. Would definitely be a good time for Robinho to get back amongs the goals!
fifthcolumnblue
90 minutes of concentration is what's called for. No lapses, errors, going to sleep etc. and we should be home and dried. As Hughes says, if they go in front they'll cause us problems, but hopefully they'll be chasing the game and leave gaps for us to exploit. Would definitely be a good time for Robinho to get back amongs the goals!
fifthcolumnblue
This is our season on the line and i've said it for many months this is MHs' job on the line also.
Thaibluefan
This is our season on the line and i've said it for many months this is MHs' job on the line also.
Thaibluefan
 

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