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Robinho: City's small-time mentality must change

December 1, 2008
By Soccernet staff

Robinho has stirred the Manchester City pot by saying his club will win not anything until they change their small-time mentality.

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GettyImages / FriedemannVogelMark Hughes: Handed a shopping list - a largely Brazilian one too.
The £32.5 million British record signing was part of the City side that lost Sunday's Manchester derby at Eastlands.

"City have good players but the mentality of a small side," Robinho told Setanta Sports' Football Matters programme.

"They are content with just finishing fifth or sixth. They are content with little, thinking just a draw might be good enough.

"They lack is the mentality of champions. I have learnt that being second is worthless so I want to inspire a winning mentality.

"You can only be content with winning. You need to want to beat Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool. Maybe I have changed this a bit but now City have a project to become big, the mentality has to change."

Robinho also spoke of the disappointment that he did not get to link up with former Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari at Chelsea. "He is one of the best coaches of the world," Robinho said of Scolari. "Even before his arrival, Chelsea had made me an offer. After his arrival, their interest strengthened. I wanted to play there. But Real Madrid wouldn't let me play for them."

Yet Robinho has vowed to see out the remainder of his four-year contract and expects new arrivals at Eastlands. He has even named his own shopping list which contains a long list of Brazilians.

"I have suggested Kleber, the Santos left back, Thiago Silva who plays at centre back for Fluminense, who's been playing very well. The coach mentioned Luisao, who is Brazilian and plays for Benfica," he said.

"Who would I sign? If I could choose it would be Kaka and (former Brazil striker) Ronaldo. But at this moment the team needs to improve the defence.

"When you build a house you have to start from the floor. You have to start from the bottom, the defence, and then you fix the attack."