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Man City boss Hughes: We need our 12th man tonight

Manchester City boss Mark Hughes says they need Eastlands rocking to beat Hamburg in tonight's UEFA Cup clash.

He told City's website: "We're all working hard and trying to make this club successful, and on Thursday the crowd are going to be our 12th man. For us to beat Hamburg, we are going to need everyone pushing in the same direction.

"We have always held this competition in the highest regard and have given it the utmost respect this season. Now we are into the latter stages, and it is up to us to see how far we can go.

"We're gearing up for the business end of the season and it's an opportunity to get into the semi-finals of a major European competition. It's a big ask, there's a deficit to make up and we are going up against a very accomplished side.

"We'll have to be at our best to match them, and we have great respect for their ability, but they are a side that concede goals on their travels. We are a team that can score goals at home ... and I think there is a real opportunity for us on Thursday night."

The boss played a part in a famous European Cup-Winner's Cup comeback for Manchester United way back in 1984, helping to overcome a 2-0 first leg defeat with a 3-0 home win. As well as drawing upon his own experiences, Hughes says that the squad have enjoyed their taste of European football this season and can use it to their advantage with the home support on Thursday.

"I have always enjoyed European football, as a player, fan and as a manager. There is a different atmosphere that surrounds European football, and I know that the players have enjoyed it this year. We have not got a great deal of European experience in the squad, compared to Hamburg, but progressing to the latter rounds from the Fair Play League and being the last English team in the competition is something we are very proud of. I think we should get a little bit of credit for that."

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