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Birmingham's Hughton: Man City will go into every competition wanting to win

Birmingham City boss Chris Hughton believes ambitious Manchester City will go into every competition wanting to win the trophy.

Ahead of tomorrow's third round Carling Cup meeting between the two sides, Hughton feels that recent comments made by City manager Roberto Mancini about needing more players suggests that the club is really looking to win everything they can this season.

"I honestly think if he said it, he meant it. Perhaps that's where Man City are at this moment," Hughton said.

"I think because of the quality they have brought in they want to win trophies and I think they want to win trophies quick, they will go into each competition trying to win.

"I genuinely think if he's said that then that's what he feels. But what he does have is a magnificent squad of quality players. What he might have felt was, with some of the injuries he's got, there's just a little bit of an imbalance. But certainly he would be able to put out two Premier League teams of very good quality."

And Hughton said he harbors no ill-will toward the Italian simply because he is coaching at a club which has a bit more money to spend than the rest.

"You have to work within the framework of the club you're at," he added.

"Would every manager want to improve their squad? Of course you would. But you have to work within the budget of the club.

"But it can also bring its problems when you have such a vast squad, you can miss out on that little bit of momentum you get from playing a team regularly."

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