Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Robinho update

  • After the 3-0 win in Chile on Sunday night, Robinho wrote, in Spanish, on the dressing room wall: "There must be respect for the best team in the world." This is pretty funny. He is in action again late tonight against Bolivia. I'll try to watch it and blog about how the City contingent do.
  • Those three players, as well as Argentine Pablo Zabaleta, are flying back to Manchester by private jet, expected to arrive some time on Friday. Mark Hughes has said "we couldn't have got the lads back in time on scheduled flights, so we have had to make other arrangements."
  • With Martin Petrov still out injured, Robinho is expected to start on the left wing. This may be good news: the temptation to start Petrov, Robinho and Wright-Phillips together in a 4-2-3-1 may have left Deco, Lampard and Cole with too much room. But with Robinho and SWP playing either side of Jô we can have an extra body in midfield: maybe a second consecutive start for Hamann? But I'll write about this in more detail on Friday.
  • I got the Robinho graphic for my mobile. It's a yellow background, with 'ROBINHO' in green and an animation of him in a City shirt doing skills. It's definitely worth £3.

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