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Elano Describes Robinho’s Reluctance to Defend During City Tenure

Former Manchester City attacker Elano fondly recalls playing with Robinho at the club a decade ago- not least his failure to understand defensive instructions.

Robinho spent two years at City, before returning to Santos in Brazil. Elano was a teammate of Robinho and told UOL that his compatriot had trouble with the concept of defending.

“There was a game in which Mark Hughes began to tell him in English that he had to track back to defend. Then he asked me: ‘What’s the coach talking about?’

“I said: ‘For you to track back, because you’re not defending, you should track back. You only want to attack. He looked at the coach and said: ‘Mister, eu não vou fazer come back.

“Eu come back, no goal. Come back, no goal.’ The whole team was listening. He looked at me, used to call me carpet because of my long hair: ‘Damn, Carpet, help me!”


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