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The hero of the 1956 FA Cup final suggests his former side have had below par season when spending power is considered, and also questions lifestyle of modern day player

Former Manchester City goalkeeper Bert Trautmann believes Stoke's "better team spirit" will guide them to victory in Saturday’s FA Cup final.

The German, who defended a 3-1 lead in City’s 1956 FA Cup final win against Birmingham City with a broken neck, also suggested that Roberto Mancini’s men have underachieved this campaign when considered with the current spending power at Eastlands.

According to The Independent, Trautmann said: "Of course I would rather that Man City were rich, not poor, but whether it will bring success, I don't know.

“Considering the buying policy, I think the team should be better. They're all chiefs, they haven't got anyone in the engine room. And actually, in my opinion, I would say that Stoke are favourites to win on Saturday. They are a very close-knit unit, with better team spirit. The City players carry a big burden. They know everyone expects them to win, and that they will be a laughing stock if they don't."

The 87-year-old’s scepticism was not only reserved for Manchester City, but also the wider range of luxuries and financial benefits afforded to the modern day player.

He continued: "Well, it's not just fouls. It's being ill, complaining about aches and pains, crying off. They take advantage because they don't lose anything by not playing.

“We had to win to get a £2 bonus, and now there are three players in the City side getting £230,000 a week. Last April I was at the training ground, and seeing the recuperation facilities, the swimming pool, I said 'no wonder they don't mind not playing.'"

The former manager of Pakistan also noted the lack of established English goalkeepers on the continent, and whilst believing current City keeper Joe Hart has the potential to become very good for his position, he still believes there is room for improvement in the 24-year-old’s game.

Asked about Hart, Trautmann said: "Well, he is good, and he will get better, but from what I see he has weaknesses. We all have weaknesses. Mine was that I tried to catch the ball every time, and sometimes I dropped it.

“I think his is that he should come more off his line, that he's not always the boss of the penalty box. That's where I would fault him.”

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