SPURS PREVIEW: Brazilian Robinho will be danger man at Eastlands
PUBLISHED: 11:15 06 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:35 07 September 2010
TWO ambitious teams with new managers clash on Sunday when in-form Spurs take on big-spending Manchester City at Eastlands. Former Manchester United legend Mark Hughes took over the managerial reins from ex-boss Sven-Goran Eriksson in June after a four-ye
TWO ambitious teams with new managers clash on Sunday when in-form Spurs take on big-spending Manchester City at Eastlands.
Former Manchester United legend Mark Hughes took over the managerial reins from ex-boss Sven-Goran Eriksson in June after a four-year stint at Blackburn.
"Sparky" was renowned for his no-nonsense attitude during his time at Old Trafford and won back-to-back Premier League titles in the early 1990s. After leaving the Red Devils he went on to play for Chelsea, Southampton, Everton and Blackburn.
Hughes has comfortably transferred his on-field attitude to the dug-out and his managerial ambitions have been matched by City's new owner, Sheik Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The Blues showed their ambition by snatching Real Madrid's Robinho from under the noses of Chelsea for a club record fee of £32.5million on deadline day.
The Brazilian bagged his first goal since his arrival in the 3-1 defeat to Chelsea and was also on target in the 6-0 demolition of Portsmouth, before netting a hat-trick in the 3-0 romp over Stoke.
Former Chelsea and England forward Shaun Wright-Phillips has been in outstanding form since rejoining and has scored four times. Wright-Phillips' Chelsea team-mate Tal Ben Haim also joined City during the transfer window and has forced his way into the first team. But Hughes will be hurting from Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Bolton and will not tolerate another failure.
Make it - Sunday, 3pm, Eastlands
Watch it - Sunday, BBC2, 10pm