Emmanuel Adebayor claims that Tottenham can beat his former side Man City this Sunday as the City players are ‘always falling out with each other’.
Adebayor joined City in 2009 for a fee of around £25m but the man who signed him, Mark Hughes soon lost his job.
City’s current manager, Roberto Mancini never rated Adebayor and the player was loaned out to Real Madrid and then Tottenham before leaving for just £5m last summer.
Some would say he has a point to prove on Sunday against his former manager and club, but Adebayor doesn’t see it that way.
Nothing to prove
Speaking in the Telegraph, the big frontman said: “It’s going to be important for me to prove how good I am, but I don’t have any pressure that says I have to beat Manchester City because of the way they treated me because they bought me expensively and sold me for cheap.
“That has nothing to do with football, I just have to go out there and play my football and find a way to help Tottenham win the game because now I play for Tottenham.
“We have a chance to win because I was there and whenever things are not going their way there will definitely be a fight or an argument on the pitch and that is how we can take them down.”
There may be some truth in what he says. During his time at City, Adebayor had a training ground bust up with Kolo Touré and was always falling out with Mancini.
In recent years there has often been a problem behind the scenes at Eastlands. Mario Balotelli was a constant source of frustration to City’s manager and fans, and Carlos Tevez spent half a season on strike not so long ago.
This season Roberto Mancini joked that he wanted to punch Samir Nasri after the midfielder put in a man of the match display, stating that a player of that quality should play brilliantly every week.
Race for fourth as close as ever
Spurs fans will hope Adebayor is right and they can get a vital three points this Sunday. The race for third and fourth is surely going down to the wire. Spurs could be five points behind Arsenal by the time they kick off on Sunday, if the Gunners can beat Fulham on the Saturday.
Adebayor remains confident his side have enough quality to beat their rivals and qualify for next season’s Champions League. He went on to say: “If we can win this game the confidence will be back and all of a sudden we have our main players back and with a full squad we have a good chance of finishing in the top four.”