Elano praises boss's style
Manchester City's talismanic Brazilian Elano has heaped praise on Sven Goran Eriksson for wanting to play the game in the right way.
Last Updated: 27/10/07 11:59am
Manchester City's talismanic Brazilian Elano has heaped praise on boss Sven Goran Eriksson for wanting to play the game in the right way.
The £8million playmaker says he only signed for City in the summer because of Eriksson's reassurances about how the team would play.
Elano told SunSport: "That was my main worry before I signed. I only play well when the game is played on the ground and the players pass to each other.
"Quite frankly, I am rubbish in a long-ball team.
"So I talked to Sven before and he made it clear that he wanted to play in the right way.
"He promised me, so I knew he was a coach who wanted to play the beautiful game."
Manchester City go to Chelsea flying high in third place in the Premier League as Eriksson has managed to combine entertaining football with results.
The Swede spoke to Chelsea four years ago while he was England boss and Elano is in no doubt that if Eriksson had become manager at Stamford Bridge, he would have made the team play in the entertaining way that Roman Abramovich craves.
Elano said: "Knowing Eriksson now, I think he would have made Chelsea play very good football from the beginning if he had taken the job a few years ago.
"He is always stressing to us that we must play with the ball and must keep possession at all times.
"Eriksson's football is all about passing through the opposition and getting our fans to smile.
"It would have worked for Chelsea in the past, it would now and I'm sure it could also work for them in the future."
Elano also praised Eriksson's temperament, saying: "Sven is very tranquil, intelligent and relaxed, especially in the way he works with the players - and the calm is one of the reasons it has worked so quickly.
"He's a very good coach and with the change of owner and all of the new players who arrived at the beginning of the season, we needed someone very calm who exudes authority.
"We needed someone who will trust the players and give them confidence because there was so much change so quickly at the start of the Thaksin Shinawatra era."