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Sep 7, 2009

Hughes convinced he can keep his stars happy

Manchester City boss Mark Hughes has again insisted he will be able to keep all his star names happy as the club continues to enjoy their 100% start to the season.

With an array of expensive talent on the club's books there have been suggestions that it will be impossible to keep everyone happy. But Hughes has deflected that by saying it is all about picking a team for a given match rather than about rotation.

Robinho sat out the club's last Premier League fixture, a 1-0 win at Portsmouth, suggesting the Brazilian may play most of his football at the City of Manchester Stadium this season with Craig Bellamy used on the road. And then there is still Roque Santa Cruz to return to full fitness to join the aforementioned strikers and Emmanuel Adebayor in battling for a starting place.

"There's an understanding that at times the next game or opposition might not be the right one for them to be in the side," Hughes explained on City's official website. "I look at the opposition and the threats our players can make - against different teams you need different threats.

"That will always come into my thinking, and the players understand that. It's about making sure we have the right team for the right opposition. We ensure that if they don't get significant first-team action, they get more work in training than the ones who have played 90 minutes.

"It's important they have the ability to make an impact when called upon. They understand how my staff work - it's not a punishment that they have to do extra work out of the team, it's because we want to give them the best chance of being successful when they do get called upon.

"They understand that, that work has to be done - they know it's a long season, that there will be times when they have to have an impact, so they have to be ready."

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