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Injured Robbie: City Are Title Contenders

Robinho, currently knacked whilst in South America with the Brazil squad boldly states that Manchester City can win the Premier League title. Gulp...!

We know that somewhere along the lines of translation last week Robinho revealed to the Brazilian media that he had asked to stay on the bench for the Portsmouth game due to an ankle injury. He also told the journalists that playing for Brazil was 'more important.' Well, outside of that faux pas, he's generally remained steadfast in his positivity towards our Manchester club.

Well, this week, he's gone one further:

'The club have set their sights high this year and backed that up in the transfer market. We've built a stronger squad than last year and can handle any team.

'There have been great additions - now we need to understand we must be stronger mentally. We can be like that this season and have what it takes to go for the title. The more I think about it, the more I think this year must be our year.'

If anything, his quotes intensify the growing sense of belief across Planet Blue that Mark Hughes is forging a dynamically focused team capable of mixing it with the best and who can make things happen.

That belief will really start to be put to the test when Arsenal come to Eastlands for our first 'Big Four' clash of the season this weekend.

Robinho, alongside Argentina's Carlos Tevez, was already likely to play a reduced role against The Gooners due to having only landed back in Manchester from World Cup duty a day or so beforehand. But now he will miss the Brazilian's clash with Chile due to a thigh injury.

This situation would have constituted something of a crisis for us during last season's gruelling 56 game campaign but Sparky now has enough high calibre depth within his squad to more than compensate for such absences.


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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday September 7 2009

Time: 11:26AM

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City have the players to do it. Given is the best keeper in the league. I wouldnt swap ireland or barry for lucas, ballack, carrick, fletcher, denilson, song or masherano. We have four top strikers, while liverpool only have/rely on torres. I rather have our fowards than arsenal (VP, eduardo, bendtner) or the rags (rooney, flopbatov and crockster owen). I can give many examples to prove city have quality indivisuals compared to the top. Top4 have experience and seasoned teams - this factor puts them at a advantage over city. I will reserve judgement till january and see if city are really challenging. After the start we had, i wouldnt be suprised if city did the unbelievable. I like city players being optimistic for once, especially after the barca/robinho links over the weekend. When will the media learn that city dont have to sell anyone, we're rich beyond belief.
enzo city
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07/09/2009 11:51:00

The momentum and belief surrounding the club right now is unprecedented, enzo. Eastlands will be rocking on Saturday.
Johnny Baguette
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07/09/2009 12:17:00

"were rich beyond belief", but you cany buy class. You will win nothing, far too early, 2 years maybe....
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07/09/2009 20:34:00

I see that we may be missing Robinho and Tevez on Saturday as they have already been ruled out of the Brazil and Argentina matches on Wednesday night. If this is the case then it will make things a whole lot harder against Arsenal.
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07/09/2009 21:12:00

Does the fact that Rob 7 tevez are out mean a place for Benjani?
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07/09/2009 22:32:00

FCB - I seriously hope not! Benjani is apparently injured still isn't he? Thats apparently why Portsmouth didn't sign him last week as they were concerned about his thigh as if he gets another setback then he'll be out for 3 to 4 months.
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07/09/2009 23:21:00

Benjani is crocked for sure and his thigh is not healing as it should.
Johnny Baguette
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08/09/2009 17:32:00


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