Date: 15th August 2009 at 7:04pm
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One glance at Saturday’s team sheets utterly exposes the hack driven myth that Mark Hughes’ side is merely a construction of foreign imports…

If anything, the side that professionally dealt with Blackburn look like one shrewdly put together to take on the Premier League and beyond.

Hughes’ summer signings all have bags of Premier League experience and know how. Yet the most notable aspect of Saturday’s team selection was the amount of British and Irish players in the starting XI. Clearly one of the City gaffer’s plans is to improve the team’s communication.

We very often get visitors to Vital MC forecasting City’s downfall due to the amount of foreign mercenaries packing the side. The sports hack’s are no exception to that way of thinking. Even Michel Platini has slagged The Blues along the same lines and continues to push for a ruling over foreign players.

Yet, today at Ewood Park City started the game with 5 Brits and 3 Irishmen.

Contrast that with Arsenal. Roundly praised for their youth policy and starting today’s game at Everton with no British or Irish players at all. Big Four (Bore) colleagues Chelsea started at home to Hull with 3 Englishmen.

You won’t find many hacks doffing their baseball caps to these facts in the Sunday papers.

City will certainly be well placed should Platini and Sepp Blatter force their plans past the G14 elite clubs.

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