'I know the old players, particularly defenders, when they doafter-dinner speeches will say 'we waited for this boy coming and thenwe kicked him to death and then we passed him on to someone else', andit all gets a good laugh,' said the Villa boss. 'But I think the gameis better now.'
Ironic that FIFA's clampdown on violent tackles was meant to protect the likes of Nani
Horror tackle: Nani slides in on Stiliyan Petrov
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