Man City boss Hughes: Robinho thrives on rough stuff

Manchester City boss Mark Hughes says Robinho can handle the physical attention he receives in the Premiership. "He has been a star player from a very early age and he's used to attention on and off the field," said Hughes. "It doesn't faze him. Teams could very well try and target his ability and try and stop him playing but if that happens then I expect the other good players I have in my team to come to the fore. "It's about being collectively strong and giving Robinho the opportunity in the right areas to be able to produce what we know he can do.

Manchester City boss Mark Hughes says Robinho can handle the physical attention he receives in the Premiership.

"He has been a star player from a very early age and he's used to attention on and off the field," said Hughes.

"It doesn't faze him. Teams could very well try and target his ability and try and stop him playing but if that happens then I expect the other good players I have in my team to come to the fore.

"It's about being collectively strong and giving Robinho the opportunity in the right areas to be able to produce what we know he can do.

"If we do that then, irrespective of any game plan the opposition has in regards to Robinho, it's still very difficult to counteract what he can produce.

"He's enjoying it. He's playing week in and week out and this is the place where he wanted to be; he wanted to ply his trade in the Premier League and that's the opportunity he has now."

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