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Cold-Eyed Assasins Required
Published : 27 Aug 2011 10:13:07
Paulo Sergio does not want a blood and guts encounter on Sunday Paulo Sergio is willing to go into his first Edinburgh derby trusting his fortunes to some of the young players who did so well down at White Heart Lane. The much changed side headed to London and held Spurs to a 0-0 draw but still went out of the Europa League. Some pride was restored even in Harry Redknapp did not have his first 11 out for the game. Sergio made seven changes to the team that lost 5-0 at Tynecastle and the likes of 19-year-old midfielder Scott Robinson and 20-year-old striker Gordon Smith shone in north London. The new Hearts manager insists he will not be frightened to play them against Hibs on Sunday at Tynecastle. Sergio said: "All of them have a chance to play. They did good work. I believe in my players. The past should be in museums. I respect the past of everyone and what they did in their past but for me and for Hearts what is important is what they can do today. It doesn't matter if they are 19 or 41 years old. It's the same. What they can do now is the main thing for me." Sergio has urged his players - whether experienced or not - to treat the sell-out meeting with their old rivals like any other game. The former Sporting Lisbon manager said: "I played a few derbies in Lisbon and Porto. These games always have big noise around us and we shouldn't go with that. We should be focused on our job and do what we do every work day and go to the pitch to win. We need three points. Because of that we should just be focused on our work. It is a derby, it is always emotional. I don't want my players to be emotional. I want them very cold and focused on what they have to do."