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

17 February 2009 09:48
'Small club': Solbakken

Manchester City

's UEFA Cup opponents last night accused them of destroying football and suggested they are not even a big club.

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.

'I think that such incredible sums will take part in destroying football.

'They are creating too big a mental distance between what we call reality and then Manchester City.

'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.

'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.'

City are hopeful that Micah Richards and Robinho will be fit. Richard Dunne and Shaun Wright-Phillips return from suspension.

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.

'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.'

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