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Spurs Goalkeeper Talks City

Spurs Goalkeeper Talks City

Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes has been Talking The Blues a fortnight ahead of the season's curtain raiser versus The Citizens at White Hart Lane...

Post an essentially dreary World Cup, 'expert' analysis of The Blues has been restricted to a desperate outburst from the rags' Paul Scholes and the likes of Martin O'Neill or Harold Redknapp acknowledging the City threat. We certainly haven't been subjected to the same ferocious criticism that we've grown accustomed to. Even the usual 'ruining football' hackery has subsided.

Anyroad, the Spurs Brazilian keeper has chosen the moment of his latest interview to offer some advice to East Manchester:

'You never win things with big names alone, you need to do it as a team, not only as names....'

The former PSV man continued:

'City have lots of big-name players, but last season I don't think they performed at their best. With the players they have, they need to do better than they did last season. If they put all their names on the pitch and work as a team, then it will be a great team.'

Gomes played a blinder at Eastlands last May in what became 'The Champions League race for fourth decider' and it will be fascinating to see whether his grasp of the bleeding obvious is mirrored by his grasp of crosses and shots unleashed from what will be a City side strengthened in all areas and carrying a nucleus mindful of that shattering defeat.

We could be in for another cracking contest!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Saturday July 31 2010
Time: 4:24PM


Being honest, in my opinion. Whether you can, as he put it 'work as a team', remains to be seen.Too many egos, perhaps? Reluctant to sit on the bench? The likes of the rumbling between Given and Hart will surely only grow as players like De Jong, Lescott and Adebayor have to accept a squad rotation policy and the fact that, unlike at their previous clubs, they cannot be counted as 'essential' at City.
31/07/2010 16:33:00
Well, Euro Champions Inter Milan who we face tonight rotate their squad as any successful side must in order to achieve. Surely City's players are tuned in to that fact.
Johnny Baguette
31/07/2010 16:38:00
Interesting. I take it you disagree with Gomes.
31/07/2010 16:47:00
Not necessarily, Johnny. Egomaniacs like Balotelli demand to be first-choice every week.He wasn't playing every week at Inter, therefore he left. Similarly, Adebayor wouldn't like being left on the bench, would he? Tevez complained at United that he was being rotated, therefore he left for City. Ireland wants to leave due to lack of playing time, apparently. Bellamy too.Even Given doesn't want to be rotated. And with Mancini's declared rotation policy, this could prove a massive problem.
31/07/2010 16:54:00
Sorry, Balotelli didn't leave, he is in the process of leaving. Point stays the same, though.
31/07/2010 16:55:00
If we sign Balotelli then it would be made clear about the pending rotation policy. If he doesn't like it then he can go and find another club for all I care. Same goes for all MCFC players. If the boss says this is the way its going to be then so-be-it. That's why they're called the boss. They can hire, fire or in this case, put you in the reserves.
31/07/2010 16:59:00
Even if there is a rotation policy in place the best players will still get the most playing time and and be satisfied with that. Those who get less playing time will be even hungrier to impress when they get a chance. Ireland himself said that he would happy just to be a part of the squad and coming in in the 70th minute if that's what the gaffer decides. All of the guys on the team know that rotation will be necessary if the club is to compete in all competitions.
Blue ponderer
31/07/2010 17:07:00
You can't disagree with Gomez, but I don't believe anyone at City thinks we can just buy names and win stuff, that would be stupid All a player has to do, if he wants to be part of a team that wins stuff, is work hard and know his job backwards, that goes for any player with a big ego, Mancini is the gaffer full stop, if you don't perform you will be passed over, simple.
31/07/2010 17:11:00
Both Tudor and Blueponderer, true, but that doesn't hide the fact that players who were guaranteed a starting place last season now may not be,like Given,and players who were essential for their clubs before they joined City, like Lescott, adebayor and Bellamy, won't like being told they are essentialy back-up till the first team member they compete with is either tired, injured or not needed for a game of lesser importance. This will breed unhappiness, regardless of the manager's policy or intentions. it's happened again and again before, to managers made of much harder stuff than Mancini. Louis Van Gaal, Roy Keane at Sunderland and Alex Ferguson at United. Player-power is now an accepted curse, and there may be too much of it at city.
31/07/2010 17:16:00
Some really good points DubaiSpur. It will be interesting to see whether Mancini picks the best team or the best individuals.
31/07/2010 17:24:00
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