Adebayor turns up heat on City

Emmanuel Adebayor claims Manchester City will start fighting with each other on the pitch if Tottenham get under their skin on Sunday.

Last Updated: 19/04/13 at 07:33 Post Comment   

Emmanuel Adebayor: Ready to face Manchester City

Emmanuel Adebayor: Ready to face Manchester City

Emmanuel Adebayor has raised the temperature ahead of this weekend's clash with Manchester City by claiming Roberto Mancini's multi-million pound stars will start fighting with each other on the pitch if Tottenham get under their skin at White Hart Lane.

City have a chance to put a huge dent in Tottenham's Champions League ambitions on Sunday when they travel to White Hart Lane.

There they will come up against former City striker Adebayor, who had a tumultuous three-year spell at the Etihad Stadium, rowing with Mancini and fighting with defender Kolo Toure before leaving for Spurs two years ago.

A January training ground row involving between Mancini and Mario Balotelli, and an on-field spat between Carlos Tevez and the Italian last season suggest emotions in the City camp still run high, and Adebayor intends to exploit that on Sunday.

The former Arsenal striker, who has two goals in his last three matches, admits City's recent win over Manchester United shows they are in good form but he thinks a supposed lack of discipline, and a weak away record, mean Tottenham have a good chance of pulling off a shock win that they desperately need.

"If we put them under pressure we have a chance to win for sure 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," Adebayor said.

Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas may drop Adebayor given that Jermain Defoe is expected to return from injury, although Gareth Bale's potential absence means thePortuguese could use both strikers up front.

Villas-Boas knows there is potential for Adebayor's temper to boil over because of the sour ending to his spell in Manchester.

Adebayor clashed with Mancini and was shipped out on loan twice while he was also made to train with the youth team.

The striker has a history of blowing his top against his former clubs. He was sent off against Arsenal last year and in his first game for City against the Gunners he ran the length of the pitch to goad the visiting fans in a game which also saw the Togolese rake his studs across Robin van Persie's face.

Adebayor insists he bears no ill-feeling towards either Mancini or City, however.

He continued: "I don't have anything to prove to Man City.

"Man City is a sacred club. I have a huge respect for the players because I got players there that I can call family - people like Yaya Toure, Kolo Toure, and Vincent Kompany.

"They are very good friends so for me. 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 Man City because of the way they treated me - because they bought me expensively and sold me for cheap.

"We are all human beings. We are all adults. I cannot tell you what happen and what did not happen. For me today I move on, (Mancini) has moved on. He is Man City, I am Tottenham.

"I wish him the best of luck. For me now Mancini is just a manager I respect just like Arsene Wenger, like Harry Redknapp, and that's it."


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