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Be patient: We won't do a Chelsea yet, keeper Given warns expectant City fans

14 March 2009 10:53
Shay Given has warned Manchester City

fans not to expect the mega rich club to leap into England's elite as quickly as billionaire rivals Chelsea

did.

City visit Stamford Bridge tomorrow on the back of an improved recent run, culminating in a comprehensive win over Aalborg on Thursday that has taken them to the brink of a place in the UEFA Cup quarter-finals.

After 33 years without a trophy, the prospect of silverware is a pretty appealing one to the Eastlands faithful who are starting to see the vast fortune of their Abu Dhabi-based owners pay dividends.

Patience is a virtue: Shay Given believes it will take time for Manchester City manager Mark Hughes to build them into an elite side despite the wealth available to chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak (R)

A visit to west London is bound to bring reminders that Roman Abramovich had only been in control for two years before he was able to celebrate the first of his two Premier League titles.

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Yet Given feels the 'battle of the billionaires' is slightly unevenat present - and that it may be a little while before the Blues areoperating on a level playing field.

'The owners only took over here six months ago,'  said the Republic of Ireland star.

Shout to the top: Given believes nothing is impossible against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday

'Abramovich has been there for a number of years. They were an established team even when he took over and he has added a lot of quality.

'You do need the big backers behind you, which thankfully we have got. But we have not really flexed our muscle just yet.

'We are still in the early stages of building and it might take alittle bit of time. But there is no reason why we cannot look up tothem and try to get there.'

Although City have not won a Premier League away game since August, they do not have to look that far back for a decent result on their travels, having grabbed a point at Liverpool

less than a month ago.

In addition Given was part of the Newcastle side that secured goalless draws at Stamford Bridge and, prior to that, Old Trafford earlier this season,which proves nothing is impossible, even if Chelsea are a rejuvenatedforce under new manager Guus Hiddink.

'They have improved since Guus Hiddink went there,' he added.

'They already had some good players there and Hiddink is a fantastic coach. He has given them more belief and that will ensure it is a tough game for us.'

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Source: Daily_Mail