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RICARDO WARNS OF GEO THREAT

Posted on 7 December 2007  - 12:00

Ricardo Rocha is hoping we are not made to suffer at the hands of a close friend and former team-mate against Manchester City on Sunday.

Ricardo Rocha is hoping we are not made to suffer at the hands of a close friend and former team-mate against Manchester City on Sunday.Our Portuguese defender played in the same team as City midfielder Geovanni during their time at Benfica, and he knows all about the threat the Brazilian could pose to us in this vital Premier League clash.

Geovanni is well-remembered for scoring a goal that helped knock Manchester United out of the Champions League in 2005, and he has already struck three times since moving to Eastlands in the summer.

But Ricardo is hopeful we will keep him out at the Lane, and said: “Geovanni is a great person and a great footballer, and he’s done well for Manchester City so far this season, scoring some good goals.

“I talk to him a lot because I didn’t know he had arrived when he first came and he phoned me to ask me what English football was like.

“He’s scoring some goals, but I hope he doesn’t score against us on Sunday because it’s an important game for us and we need to win.

“I remember Geovanni scored an equaliser against Manchester United in the Champions League and we eventually won that game and knocked them out. I’ve had some memorable moments in my career and that was certainly one of them.”

Sunday’s clash may come just to soon for Ricardo, who is still recovering from an ankle injury, but he hopes to be back in the fold in the not-to-distant future.

He added: “I played 45 minutes for the reserves on Tuesday and it was very encouraging for me because I only started training on the Saturday and my ankle felt perfect. Now I’m trying to get back in the first-team as quickly as possible.”