Shinawatra: We are a sleeping giant
Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra believes his side are more than capabale of securing a place in Europe.
By Carla Hilton
Last Updated: 07/11/07 4:55pm
Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra is delighted with the start his side has had this season and is now setting his sights on Europe.
Shinawatra is still under pressure from authorities in Thailand who continue to pursue him for various fraud allegations.
But the incredible start to the season City have made seems to have somewhat lifted the pressure and Shinawatra now believes his side can go on to play in Europe for the first time - fair play competitions excepted - in almost 30 years.
Speaking to ESPN about his expectations for the club, Shinawatra said: "When I first started to discuss buying Manchester City we hoped to be in the top 10 but now I think we can get into the Uefa Cup.
"We are a sleeping giant. I am glad to be the one to wake that giant."
City, who are currently third in the table, will head to Portsmouth on Sunday in a bid to further build on the gap between themselves and one of their main rivals for a Uefa Cup spot.
And in their current vein of form, a win at Fratton Park is far from out of the question for the high-flying club.
Players such as Elano, Martin Petrov and Vedran Corluka have been impressive to say the least in their performances to date for City.
And boss Sven Goran Eriksson has been promised more cash in the January transfer window to further build on his already strong squad and to add to City's chances of qualifying for Europe.
Reflecting on the Blues achievements so far, Shinawatra said: "I thought we would bring success to this club but I did not expect it to be this quick.
"There is a blend of the old players and the new. They are playing so well together and there is a good team spirit.
"Everything is coming together quite quickly."