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Copenhagen coach: “Manchester City are destroying football”

Stale Solbakken talks trash prior to UEFA Cup game

Stale Solbakken

In an interview with Danish newspaper Ekstra-Bladet, FC Copenhagen manager Stale Solbakken has made his thoughts about Manchester City’s millions very clear. The Norwegian, whose side welcome the Citizens in the UEFA Cup on Thursday, believes their money and nine figure transfer offers are “destroying” the beautiful game:

“The amounts of money that have been mentioned are incredible.

“I think that such incredible sums will take part in destroying football. They are creating too big a mental distance between what we call reality and then Manchester City.

“The hardest part for City is that they, by tradition, are not a big club and therefore all the money in the world does not make a difference. They brought in Bridge even though he is only marginally better than what they had already, and that says how hard it is to get the best players.”

Much like the rest of the world, Solbakken is clearly poking fun at Manchester City’s embarrassing attempts to bring in top players such as Kaka, although we’re not sure we agree with his claim that they are “destroying” football. If anything, Garry Cook’s willingness to pay laughably high sums for middle tier talent like Wayne Bridge and Craig Bellamy is helping to keep clubs afloat at a difficult time.

It will be interesting to see if these comments inspire City to victory on Thursday night. Mark Hughes should be concerned by Solbakken’s record against Manchester clubs at the Parken stadium: when United visited for a Champions League match in 2006, Copenhagen were surprise 1-0 victors.

Spoiler bonus fact: Stale Solbakken enjoyed a season in the Premiership with Wimbledon (1997-98), and suffered a heart attack while training with Copenhagen with 2001. He was pronounced clinically dead at the scene, but incredibly, was revived twenty minutes later in an ambulance. He now has a pacemaker.

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