to end their barren run of 33 years without a trophy by winning the UEFA Cup.
But winning a competition that clearly means so little to so many will prove nothing at all.
City have spent more than anyone else in the Premier League this season but remain a long way off the finished article and if they win the competition Aston Villa
couldn't be bothered to compete for, can do little more than paper over the cracks.
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Manager Hughes claims winning it would bring 'an understanding of what it takes to be successful', that it changes players' mentalities but it is hard not to think that doesn't apply until victory in a prestigious competition is achieved.
Look at Tottenham after they won another second tier competition, the Carling Cup, last season, it was hardly the catalyst for them to step up to the next level. Or Middlesbrough
, who made the final in 2006 and are now fighting relegation.
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Certainly, becoming UEFA Cup winners is hardly going to be turning point for City in the transfer market, the tipping point at which players such as Kaka will want to join them.
And if executive chairman Garry Cook continues to claim players such as the Brazilian would struggle to make their team because of the impressive form of Stephen Ireland, whether in jest or not, City will never be taken seriously anyway