Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Unrealistic expectations for Manchester City says Hughes

Mark Hughes is not convinced the scrutiny on him as Manchester City manager would reduce even if he ended the Blues’ 33-year trophy drought by winning the UEFA Cup this season.

City entertain Aalborg at Eastlands tonight, their third Danish opponents in a competition they entered as Fair Play winners in the first qualifying round back in July.

Victory against a side that held Manchester United to a draw at Old Trafford during a Champions League campaign that ultimately saw Aalborg finish third in the group and drop into Europe’s secondary competition, would see City claim a quarter-final berth, leaving them just a couple of rounds away from a place in Istanbul on May 20.

Yet Hughes (right) does not feel success would ease the pressure.

"I don’t see the scrutiny we are under lessening anytime soon," said Hughes. "We must get used to that. It is about dealing with that pressure and those expectations.

"As I keep stressing, the expectations some people have for us are a little bit unrealistic."

If City are to make further inroads in the competition, Robinho will have to be a significant performer, despite the record signing coming under fire at times.

"At times Robinho gets overly criticised," said Hughes.

"When we have not played well away from home, he seems to get the brunt of it because he is one of our most high-profile players.

"But people have to take into account that he is one of our more creative and attack-minded players and teams will try to make sure he doesn’t have a positive impact."

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