'Small club' Man City are destroying football, taunts Solbakken

17 February 2009 09:48
'Small club': Solbakken[LNB] Manchester City[LNB]'s UEFA Cup opponents last night accused them of destroying football and suggested they are not even a big club.[LNB]City — now officially the world's richest club — face FC Copenhagen away today in the last 32 of the UEFA Cup and the Danes' coach, Stale Solbakken, said: 'The amounts of money that have been mentioned are incredible.[LNB]'I think that such incredible sums will take part in destroying football. [LNB]'They are creating too big a mental distance between what we call reality and then Manchester City.[LNB]'The hardest part for City is that they, by tradition, are not a big football club and, therefore, all the money in the world does not make a difference for them. [LNB]'They brought in Wayne Bridge, even though he is only marginally better than what they had already — and that says how hard it is to get the best players, even though you have lots of money.'[LNB]City are hopeful that Micah Richards and Robinho will be fit. Richard Dunne and Shaun Wright-Phillips return from suspension.[LNB]Wright-Phillips is the man City boss Mark Hughes really needs. Reflecting on Saturday's defeat against Portsmouth, Hughes said: 'We lacked the ability to drive past people with pace and get behind them.[LNB]'It was a struggle but Shaun will help in that respect. He takes people on in good areas and things happen when you do that.'[LNB] Man City boss Hughes snaps up French starlet Jeremy Helan[LNB]Arsenal offer Walcott £50,000 a week as Manchester City and Real Madrid hover[LNB]Scolari won't be taking over at Manchester City, says Big Phil's agent[LNB]MANCHESTER CITY FC NEWS FROM ACROSS THE WEB[LNB][LNB] [LNB]  

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