are some similarities between Robin van Persie and Thierry Henry, but they have
a different way of playing.
Above all, Van Persie is a very good player, then
when we look at his stats we see he is also a goalscorer. He is in a group of
players who are creative and effective.
took the decision to play him through the middle because he doesn't have the
physical characteristics of a winger. Players who have exceptional technical
quality, as he does, should be played through the middle.
week we play Marseille, from whom we bought Robert Pires in 2000. Robert has a
lot of qualities as a man: accessible, pleasant and humble. He was the best
left-sided midfielder before he suffered his knee injury. He always made a
difference, and had an innate sense of how to play football. He had a really
will play football all his life, and I hope he will do so without any injuries.
Last year, he trained with us and he was still very good. He has less physical
ability but he can be very useful if the team is organised around him to avoid
have had a French connection at the club for a long time, but the Premier League
as a whole has a culture that helps foreign players to assimilate quickly.
example, I am not surprised to see Sergio Aguero performing so well because he
is a very good passer and a great goalscorer. His techical and physical
qualities are perfect for the Premier League.
City already had a very strong team, and they are improving every year. That
also helped Aguero to adapt easily. He has certain similarities to Wayne Rooney
in his attitude, his fight and his style of play. He is a super technical
foreign player we looked at in the summer was Javier Pastore, who I wanted to
have in the summer, but we didn't have enough money!
he went to Paris Saint-Germain, and he is exactly the sort of player they need
to move up to a higher level.
didn't know him very well when he was at Palermo, but he has won me over from
the day I saw him play for PSG. He is an elegant player, and smart. He looks a