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Manchester City boss Mark Hughes has urged his players to get stuck into Thursday nights UEFA Cup opposition, FC Twente.
Following on from a less than impressive Premier League start, Welshman Hughes is determined to counterbalance the abundance of flair within his team into a side that can also compete with the more physical teams.
Hughes told the media…
‘You have to understand the type of players we’ve got. We’ve got attack-minded players and technically-gifted players. Irrespective of attitude, if teams are more physical, it’s difficult to stamp your mark on the game. What you have to do is get the ball down and not get sucked into the game the opposition want to play.’
‘You could say we’re more suited to European football, it’s a different test. FC Twente play a slow game and what we have to do is play at a Premiership tempo, the one they are accustomed to now on a week-to-week basis.’
‘You have to be strong. you have to have the ability to withstand challenges, you have to break off tackles and exploit situations where defenders over-commit and that’s a skill in itself where you draw fouls, you draw tackles and exploit the spaces that creates.’
‘Sometimes you will have that but it’s the Premier League and certain games won’t be technical, they will be a battle and we have to be ready for that.’
And what about the Brazilians?
‘I think they know now,’ added Sparky. ‘The more games the Brazilians play, the more they understand it. We’re a young side in years and in experience. Even Robinho, who has great experience, is not experienced in the Premier League. It’s different to any other league in the world but we’ll get there.’