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Robinho: There Is No Longer A Top Four

Manchester City have been at the forefront of the summer transfer window with star aquisitions such as Carlos Tevez, Gareth Barry, Roque Santa Cruz and most recently, Emmanuel Adebayor.

With such attack minded options available, Hughes has been looking at a number of defenders to balance the squad, including England and Chelsea captain John Terry and Evertons much coveted Joleon Lescott.

There are great expectiations amongst the fans, players and management, a new level of optimism surrounding Eastlands that hasn't been seen for a while- top four is the word on everyones lips.

City's £32.5m record signing Robinho is amongst those with high hopes, speaking to the Sunday Mirror the Brazilian stated: 'There is no longer a top four.

'We have made it a top five. From this season we have to go in with the mindset we're one of the very best clubs.

'I'm delighted we've signed Tevez. He is a world-class player and it would be fantastic for me to play alongside him.

'It was a shame the Samuel Eto'o deal couldn't happen for whatever reason, because he is another world-class player and the sort this club is looking to sign at the moment. But we have already signed Santa Cruz and now there is the possibility of Adebayor as well.

'While I've always urged the club to sign players like Tevez and Kaka when there has been a chance, I also know you have to build from the back.

'You can have the best attacking six players in the world, but unless the defence compliments it then you will not win anything.

'I don't know anything about the John Terry deal apart from what I have read, but he is the sort of world-class leader we need at the back.

'I have said before when you build a house you start from the bottom.

'If John does not happen then there are plenty of quality defenders in Europe.

'If the players we have signed and the players we may sign all work well together then on our day we can become unbeatable - and not just in England, but in Europe as well.

'We will be looking to win all the competitions we are in and that means having a squad of world class players.

'All the top clubs have players competing for places, and we now have to look at ourselves as a top club.

'People will need to start taking us very seriously.'

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Writer: Lincolnsmariner Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday July 19 2009

Time: 4:57PM

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lol - he's been on those magic mushrooms again :-)
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19/07/2009 17:07:00

love Robinho... anyone who thought he was going anywhere was seriously off the mark.
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19/07/2009 17:07:00

Nothing fazes Robinho. Mind you, he played an average 40 games a season for Real Madrid. That builds confidence and character to add to the undoubted natural skill and flair he has. Now he'll have the opportunity of showing what he can do in a much better City side than in his first Premiership season. I'm expecting great things from him.
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19/07/2009 17:16:00

dont agree,were building momentum next season will be the serious challenge in in 4 years we shall be known as the monstrous 1
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19/07/2009 17:38:00

You see this is my point... I knew this would happen as soon as the arabs bought Citeh... Citeh suddenly think they are good...Robinho is lazy, Adebayour is lazy..Tevez is a good sub nothing more..and what has Barry achieved or done??? F**K ALL!!!!....youre not in the same class as the big 4 and as of yet you have done nothing.. the audacity of these buffons with their mid table club...dont you Citeh lot get it???....NOBODY IN WORLD FOOTBALL CARES ABOUT YOU... youre a mid table club and nothing more..
I Bling Red
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19/07/2009 17:55:00

Obviously. There is only the top 3 with Chelsea, United and Liverpool. 4th place? Fight for the scraps, losers.
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19/07/2009 18:21:00

I Bling Red, stop working yourself into a frenzy. Its pointless mate!
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19/07/2009 18:21:00

Citeh = losers like Robinwho and a 15th place finish for you boring losers.
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19/07/2009 18:46:00

C-Blue - I am in awe of your critical skills and cannot fault your logic on any level whatsoever. Robinho is indeed a crap player, only finishing fourth in the scoring charts last season, and Chelsea never wanted to sign him. Tevez isn't even a decent sub, hence the lack of interest from Chelsea, the scousers, Real and yernited. Gareth Barry? Rafa would never even consider signing such a useless loser as Barry now would he. Honestly guys, you do yourselves no favours coming out with comments like these, perhaps you should stick to the comments pages on Tribal football, seems more like your level.
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19/07/2009 19:13:00

Well said 5th, those jokers know nothing about football. Those are the clowns that still wear man utd pyjamas and get to bed in their christiano ronaldo bedspread. Pathetic!
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19/07/2009 20:16:00

Aren't people very harsh these days! A bit of reasoned debate wouldn't go a miss! So many followers of other teams coming on our site cab only mean they feel threatened by us. Vive La Revolution!!!
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19/07/2009 21:26:00

Notice how he didn't say we would get in the top four? Just a point...
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19/07/2009 22:53:00

AngleseyBlue in case you hadn't noticed there's no competetive football on at the moment, so most of the interest in football is with regard to transfers. The project at City is quite unique in English football (even Chelsea's ventures weren't quite as outrageous). I think you'll find that you have just signed a player from Arsenal, whom Chelsea were reportedly interested in, as well. Is it beyond your logic to see a more rational reason for so many Arsenal and Chelsea fan's commenting on the City sight over the last couple of days than "because you're scared"?
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19/07/2009 23:31:00

*City's site
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19/07/2009 23:32:00

Your absolutely right ArsenalRob, but there was a hint of sarcasm in my post. Although I had noticed there was no competitive football on at the mo, even though I do live on Anglesey! I was trying to be a little more light hearted as people are getting a tad defensive and personal on these forums!
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20/07/2009 09:30:00

People are getting a tad defensive? And you were trying to break that mould by saying 'So many followers of other teams coming on our site cab only mean they feel threatened by us'. I appreciate your good intentions but I'm not convinced they really came across.
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20/07/2009 15:16:00

Fair does, but like I said my post was tinged with sarcasm. I've posted on a few fans forums and this one generally tends to stay above the personal insults. I prefer a bit of reasoned level headed debate but I and others I know are put off some forums by the personal attacks that result from disagreement in opinion. In this case ArsenalRob peoples preconceptions determine how any post is percieved.
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20/07/2009 16:00:00

It's good to be positive, but let football talk instead of words. This should be another exciting season in EPL :)
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20/07/2009 21:32:00

I Bling Red ..NOBODY IN WORLD FOOTBALL CARES ABOUT YOU obviously do as you are spending a lot of time on this site as is JT .......I remember not that long ago we rarely had fans from other teams making comments on here now we can hardly get on ourselves for other fans .....great to see you are so worried
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21/07/2009 05:45:00

Doody im here because its high time your fans were slapped back down to the mid table status that your club is at... We dont acre who you buy..its the sudden way at which your fans mouth off as if you have achieved something when you havent... Its this action that makes your club and fans look stupid ...the way you talk as if its written that because youve bought a couple of 2nd rate players that it menas you have the right to get into TOP4 clubs business and mouth off against us TOP4 fans... With all due respect Man Citehs buys are 2nd rate...Adebayour is lazy with a 1st touch worse than a donkey, Tevez is a sub man good for 15 minutes nothing mire..Barry is a poor mans Gerrard and Santa Cruz is a poor mans Torres... remove those and Citeh have the great Elano..Ireland and a defense worthy of yhe mid table nothing club that you are...oh yes...the TOP4 are shaking in their Citeh lot are going to look so ridiculous when you finsih nowhere near the top 4.. with a 3rd rate manager in Mark Hughes who has never won Milk Cup.. Your mid table nobody club has the audacity to prance around as if you are one of us BIG4 heavy hitters..all this talk from the robihnio and buck tooth Bellamy about theres no longer a top 4...the stupidity of can you say that when u havent even freakin done anything yet??... , know your role mid table club..
I Bling Red
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