UEFA Cup – Managers: Hughes expects


Manchester City manager Mark Hughes believes his side are coping well with an unheralded weight of expectancy.

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Manchester City 2-1 Copenghagen (4-3 on agg)

Mark Hughes: “We were a little bit off the pace in the first half but, in the end, we won it comfortably and created a lot of chances. We’ve got a group of players who understand the demands that are going to be placed on them now and in the future. The expectation levels have been way ahead of any Manchester City team probably in the history of the club and we’re dealing with it. A lot of teams have gone out by all accounts so let’s see how far we can go. Further progression in a top European competition can only be good for us.”

Tottenham 1-1 Shaktar Donetsk (1-3 on agg)

Harry Redknapp: “They all worked hard and gave everything, their coach said to me afterwards that he thought they were lucky to have won and they were – we should have won. There were a lot of positives – the crowd had something to get behind, we went 1-0 up and had some good chances, you couldn’t fault the effort in the way we played tonight. Jamie O’Hara was fantastic, it was his first game back after injury and he showed me he’s ready to play at the weekend in the Cup final – it’s a nice problem to have.”

CSKA Moscow 2-0 Aston Villa (3-1 on agg)

Martin O’Neill: (On fielding a weakened side) “It’s not a decision that was taken lightly. I am disappointed we were beaten. I will have to see what the rest of the season brings to see if that disappointment is worsened. We’ve played strongly this year and that’s why we are in where we are. We don’t want to give it up lightly.”