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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins assesses squad and looks ahead to Hull clash

City travel to the MKM Stadium on Friday night...

14 September 2023

Mark Robins said he will assess those players who have been away on international duty when they return.

Joel Latibeaudiere, Kasey Palmer and Yasin Ayari were all away with their respective nations over the past week, with Joel and Kasey playing as late as yesterday.

City travel to the MKM Stadium to face Hull City tomorrow night, their first back since the 3-3 draw with Watford at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

Looking ahead to the game, Robins provided an update on the fitness of his squad, as well as analysing the challenge his side face against the Tigers.


The international break coming when it did…

“It is what it is in the calendar, and you just try and plan and prepare as best you can.

“I gave the players some time off and they've done some good work and they've been training again this week and back into last week and we're just looking forward to getting going.

“I think with the international breaks, what it does do is it means that you condense the games into a a shorter period after them.

“You get three international breaks pretty early on and you have just got to try and plan for it, that's just how it is.”


Players returning from international duty…

“There's a lot of things to take into consideration, that's for sure. If the game was on Saturday, there is little to no real issue.

“There is certainly a consideration to be to be made and discussions to be had and then obviously we've got our preparation to do today.

“I've just got to see how they are they are and it’s just simple as that.

“There's a specific plan for them. Obviously, you don't lump everybody in with the same, you don't treat everybody the same because obviously they’ve had a different experiences.”


The first few games of the season…

“It takes it takes time and people expect things to just carry on or improve from last season and forget that we were building for four or five years prior to that.

“Bringing in better players should mean that that timeframe is a lot less and clearly has to be and will be but I think you know it still takes a period of time for everybody to settle to understand what’s expected and in respect of each game each individual games different slightly different.

“You can do things differently, but the way that we work remains the same and they’ve just got get used to that and it does take a little bit of time.

“Ultimately, you want to get to we want to get to the Premier League. Let's make no bones about it. You want to get into there and we have to try and build a squad and a team, which is what the process is at the moment, getting players in ready for that jump and for the next step without losing all your key players at any one point.

“There's the ability to now build and keep building until we can get there and that's the aim without a shadow of a doubt.”


Looking ahead to tomorrow night…

“Liam's (Rosenior) done brilliantly well both at Derby and now at Hull.

“There’s a lot of similarities to the way Brighton play and similar movements to Man City and he's obviously a student of the game that likes the games to be played in certain way they will.

“They will try and boss the game in terms of possession. They'll try and put players into positions that that make it difficult for you to get out and when you go after them, they've got players there that can hurt you.

“They are looking confident and have got the ability to move the ball from back to front, methodically but quickly and they've got players that can score goals.

“Obviously, they’ve got Liam Delap and Aaron Connolly, now that have been playing up front in the last couple of games.

“They've got good players throughout the side, Seri is looking a good player as is Ozan Tufan, although he may be injured for this game reports suggest but I don't know, but he's looking fit and he's a talent. There's no doubt about that.

“So, they've got talented players throughout the team and they’re a good team.”


Update on Jamie Allen and Callum O’Hare…

“Jamie's on the grass looking good.

“Working as you would know him to work, so that's good. It's brilliant to have him back and it’s been a real left for everybody.

“And Callum O'Hare likewise, he's been involved this week and has been joining in with the main group now.

“The pair of them are in a really good place. I'm happy with what I'm seeing. I think they'll be happy with where they are, and it will take however long it takes for them to get back.”


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