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Robbie Reveals Why He Sat Out Pompey Clash

Robinho, away on crucial international duty with Brazil has revealed why he was on the 'Berti' for City's latest away win which came at Pompey last weekend...

His revelation certainly helps to ease any concerns that Mark Hughes now sees Craig Bellamy as his preffered option out left.

The brilliant forward preparing for Brazil's pivotal World Cup clash with Argentina advised the media:

'I asked to not play because I had pains in my ankle, especially because Brazil v Argentina is more important. It is always a special match because of the standard and the rivalry of the two teams. No one ever wants to lose. Every player likes to play in these matches.'

Turning his attention back to City, the spritely ball juggler went on:

'I am very well, the team is good. I think this year Manchester City will push on. The start of the season up to now has been great. We won every game and all is good. The signings were excellent.'

Meanwhile, City's new signing from Barcelona, the vastly experienced Sylvinho gave the low down on how Robbie is doing to the MUEN:

'This club can help Robinho a lot. He told me he is really happy. He is enjoying it. He is one of the top players in the world and it is really important to him how the club is moving forward, how it is changing.

'He is really happy that the club has now got Emmanuel Adebayor and Carlos Tevez, because that helps him a lot. It puts the club on a different level, and it does the same for Robinho.'

Great news for Planet Blue and another one in the eye for those hacks desperate for Robinho to have left City this summer.

Back to the future, however, and both Robbie and Tev are likely to be jet lagged going into our first 'Big Four' challenge of the season when The Gooners come to town next week. Both players will be representing their countries 2 days before City's Premier League campaign resumes.


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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday September 3 2009

Time: 5:02PM

Your Comments

good luck breaking the top 4... will be nice to see a consistent challenge for the top four spots... not just how they will be divided up between pool, manu, chelski and arsenal
It is good to hear the record set straight without having to hear the press suggest that there were ulterior motives behind this.
Cheers jim nice to see at least everyone doesn't hate us! In regards to his 'excuse' though as to why he didn't play against Pompey I couldn't care less if the Argentina game is important, he shouldn't be saying that the game against them is more important than City. If he wasn't fit, fair enough. But if he was then its a bit pathetic.
Maybe something got lost in translation? lol!
Johnny Baguette
I agree with you butty1. Why is the Brazil game more important? It's the premierships for god's sake. Away games are very important. If we lost or drew and missed out on 6th place by a point and Hughes lost his job then you'd think it was important. In hindsight its still a very daft thing to say. I'd have dropped him anyway after Palace.
robbie is very happy at city and will flurish with the new quality we have at city.
brazil vs argentina in a world cup qualifing game would be more important to tevez and zab aswell but they played.
mcfc - I take your point about Tevez but Zabaleta has never been called up to the Argentina squad since Maradona has been their coach. If he had a knock then fair enough as there was no point in risking him and lets not forget that we actually won a match without a key player in Robinho playing which shows that we are becoming stronger as a team and don't need to rely on individuals anymore. Another angle might be that Robinho is saying this as he may be too proud to admit that he was left out for tactical reasons as he is seen by many as our key player and Brazil coach Dunga was never too happy when Elano was at City and wasn't playing.
Don't think he was fit enough to start the Pompey match, and with the Brazil - Argentina match coming up I think it's only fair and reasonable to allow Robi a breather. After all, if he aggravates the injury he's out for us as well as his national side. Good luck to both Tev and Robi and may the best team win (without kicking lumps out of each other!)
The oress are having a field day and putting 2+2 together and coming up with anything but the right answer. Robinho Club against Country, It would have been Hughes decision whether or not to play Robbi in the match, If he did have a knock then it would be sensible to not play him, but we all know that he is not at his best away from home, but even so, Hughes did not bring on Robbi as a sub, which means that the boy did have some sort of problem.
Buzz Lightyear
kev i still dont know why maradona calls up that clown colochini from newcastle but not zab?any one have any answers?not that maradonna knows himself!!

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