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The first game of the 2009/10 Premiership season sees Hull City face a daunting trip to Chelsea – can Ancelotti get off to a winning start?

Mark Hughes believes Manchester City’s Premier League rivals are hoping his summer spending spree backfires.

City, who kick off the new campaign at Blackburn on Saturday, have made a series of high-profile signings including Carlos Tevez, Emmanuel Adebayor, Roque Santa Cruz and Gareth Barry.

Hughes doesn’t plan to stop spending yet, with Everton defender Joleon Lescott still on his wish list, and he is aware that most of the other top-flight teams will he hoping that City fail.

“There is a lot of interest in us. There are a lot of people who want us to succeed and just as many who want us to fail,” Hughes said.

“People who maybe have a negative slant on what we are trying to do sometimes have the loudest voices and are given more platforms.

“I think there are just as many people excited and wondering what we are going to do, whether we have the means to do it and whether we are going to shake up the status quo.

“We have to live with that and deal with that. It is about making sure we are the best prepared team in the Premier League. That is what we are striving to do.”

The first game of the 2009/10 Premiership season sees Hull City face a daunting trip to Chelsea – can Ancelotti get off to a winning start?

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