City need time to build - Given

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Shay Given has pleaded for patience as Manchester City desperately bid to stop their season hitting the buffers.

A dismal three days saw them suffer successive 3-1 defeats to Hamburg in the UEFA Cup and then Fulham in the Premier League.

Given feels it will take time for manager Mark Hughes to shape his squad the way he wants, saying: "In years to come I think this will be a great club to be involved with. But Rome was not built in a day."

Having slipped six points adrift of West Ham in the battle for seventh spot, City know their most realistic chance of forcing open the door to European football again next season is to mount a successful comeback operation against Martin Jol's side on Thursday.

The odds are against the Blues, who are attempting to win their first major trophy of any description since 1976, and failure may turn the sporadic booing of manager Mark Hughes during Sunday's home reverse into full scale mutiny among the Eastlands faithful.

But Given feels City fans must not jump to snap judgements.

For, while the cash injected by the Abu Dhabi United Group has given the Blues access to riches they could not have dreamed of 12 months ago, it has also raised expectations.

Given added: "People automatically feel we are a top-six team because we are one of the richest clubs in the world.

"They are comparing us to Chelsea when Roman Abramovich took over but they were already a top four side who just added more quality to make them champions.

"It is going to take us longer. Everybody is impatient and want us to be there yesterday but we have got to put the building blocks in place."

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