Date: 5th November 2008 at 10:22pm
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The countdown to City’s first ever UEFA Cup group encounter continues and now the two managers have spoken out over their expectations and targets before Thursday night’s Eastlands clash.

Bluesy is clearly holding out for home advantage to pay off…

‘When we play in front of our own fans, there is a freedom in our play. There is a positive attitude in everything we try to do. It is important to win our first game, given the make-up of the competition.

‘If you win your home matches it gives you an opportunity to qualify from the group.If we can pick up even a point from the two away games, I think that will be enough.’

…meanwhile, I’m not so sure that Steve McClueless actually paid attention for the City no show at Bolton based on these quotes…

‘They (City) are as strong and as physical as anyone in the league. They don’t seem to be getting results away from home but their home form is very good. They are capable of scoring goals and winning games so it will be very difficult.

‘They have strong flair players but they also have a good backbone with Micah Richards, Richard Dunne and Tal Ban Haim and they are strong but also creative.

‘Consistency at the moment is what we are all searching for, their home record is very very good and we will have to play very well to get a result.

‘I would take a draw, no problem away from home in Europe, I have always said that.

‘The pressure is all on City, not us, and I would take a draw at this moment.’

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