Manchester City v Tottenham: winning is gateway to 'super club' status, says Kaka

05 May 2010 08:44
A win at Eastlands for Manchester City will put the club within touching distance of a place in the qualifying stages of next season's Champions League and, moreover, according to Kaka, give them the necessary prestige to attract a new calibre of player.

'The match between City and Spurs is so much more important than three points,' he told the Express. 'If City win it they can start their journey to becoming a super club - I think they will probably win it. If they do, then it will be the start of a new and very big era for them.

'I have said that you couldn't buy history but if City start qualifying for the Champions League, they can start creating their own history. And with the resources they have, they can create a super team very quickly.

'In World Cup year players' price-tags will always go rapidly up if they have a good tournament and City will probably be one of only a few teams in the world who will be able to afford the crazy prices.

'If they beat Tottenham and ultimately get Champions League football then we can expect some of the world's best to move to them in the summer.'

So who does the Brazilian envisage making the move to Eastlands?

'I am not their coach, I can't say who they should sign, but Torres would be a great buy for them," he continued. 'He is proven in the Premier League and I guess he will want to be playing Champions League football and be at a club that has serious ambition.

"Like one or two other clubs in the world, City can bid fees clubs can't turn down. After that, it's up to them to convince the players it's the club to sign for and the way to convince them is offering Champions League football.

"Like all great clubs who win things, it's important to build from the back. They could have Adebayor, Torres, Aguero, whoever, in the same team, but unless you have a defence that the rest of the team trusts, you are never going to win a title or European Cup.

'If they make fourth then Buffon, Maicon and players of that quality will suddenly be on their radar and that is when the rest of Europe will sit up and take notice."

Last summer City sparked uproar among AC Milan fans when the club made an audacious bid to lure Kaka away from the San Siro in a deal understood to have been worth £100 million.

Despite their persistent attempts however, the 28-year-old insists he made the right decision when he turned the offer down favouring a move to Real Madrid instead.

"It wasn't the right time and I always said I wouldn't leave Milan unless they wanted me to," he said. 'When Madrid wanted me and Milan accepted, it was the right choice for me because they are the most famous club in the world, but I would never dream of going to a club that wasn't playing in the European Cup, no matter what the contract was.

'Most players think like this that's why City must get fourth place. If they do, they can be among the top teams in Europe within three years with their spending power."

Source: Telegraph

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