FC Copenhagen boss Stale Solbakken has started a war of words with Manchester City in the build-up to the UEFA Cup clash between the two sides by saying Mark Hughes' club are 'destroying football'.
Solbakken is unhappy with the way City have gone about their business this season, particularly with regard to their failed world record bid for Kaka and big-money captures of Wayne Bridge, Craig Bellamy, Shay Given and Nigel de Jong in the January transfer window.
"The amounts of money that have been mentioned are incredible," Solbakken told Ekstra-Bladet.
"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."