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Name Micah Richards
Gender Male
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
Desc Over a year younger than Trent Alexander-Arnold when he made his England debut, Micah Richards burst onto the international scene as an 18-year-old in 2006

Affiliation

Org England National Team
Club as Player Manchester City
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2013 11 05 Retrieve

[Micah Richards on Paul Scholes] He’s always in the right position, always seems to be at the end of the box when the ball drops in. The complete midfielder – when he’s fit, he’s the best. Some go missing but he’s in the right place at the right time. He’s my favourite player of all-time, unbelievable. If you give him a chance it’s a goal, isn’t it?

2014 09 20 Retrieve

[Micah Richards on his famous 2011 bust-up with Mario Balotelli during a Manchester City training session] Mario is crazy, but one of the nicest guys ever. We were playing five-a-side and losing because Mario, being Mario, wasn’t tracking his runner. I was like, ‘Mario… track your man.’ But you know what he’s like. He started swearing in Italian and waving his hands. I said, ‘Mario I’m not in the mood today’. I lost my head, he lost his, and it was just bonkers. My favourite Mario story is when he went into the school to speak to the bully. He just does what he wants, doesn’t he?

2016 01 30 Retrieve

[Micah Richards revealed him and former Manchester City team-mate Mario Balotelli became embroiled in a confrontation on the training pitch] We were playing five-a-side and we were losing because he [Mario Balotelli] didn’t work, which is evident. He swore at me in Italian and he thought I didn’t understand. But I know a bit of Italian lingo so I said, ‘Who’re you talking to?’ He said it again so we squared up and I offered him out, but he said no

2019 07 26 Retrieve

[Former Manchester City defender Micah Richards has retired from football at the age of 31] I’m a footballer and I want to play football, but the knee would swell up to the point where I couldn’t even train properly. I would have liked to have given Aston Villa more on the pitch, but it just wasn’t to be.

It’s not the ideal way to finish a career, for sure. It has been an unequal battle with injury ever since I left City and – being honest – for a good while during my last season at the Etihad. I finish my playing days happy that I reached the level that I did. I won the Premier League and the FA Cup, played for England and represented Great Britain at an Olympic Games. I consider myself blessed and I am looking forward to renewing my many friendships at City. It is a special place that looks after its own. City has always been my spiritual home and where I enjoyed my best years as a player. Being part of the side that ended the long wait for silverware – in 2011 and 2012 – was very special. It kick-started this new era and the club has never looked back. What has happened since has been amazing

2019 09 05 Retrieve

[Micah Richards says Cristiano Ronaldo was the best footballer in the world last season] I think Ronaldo is the best this year because what he did for his country was amazing. He and Messi are unbelievable; Van Dijk also was good but what Messi and Ronaldo are doing is amazing

[Richards does not rate him as his toughest opponent, instead singling out Wales international Gareth Bale as the hardest player he faced in his career] For me, it’s Gareth. When he was at Tottenham he was a top player and he still is. Me and him used to have one-on-one battles

[Richards also backed his one-time Fiorentina team-mate and current Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah to continue his fine form] Salah is my friend, he is a top player. I think he will continue for more years. I played with him at Fiorentina and he was doing the same then. For me, I think he will get better and better, and it’s good that he has a manager who believes in him

2019 09 07 Retrieve

[Micah Richards told he believes Cristiano Ronaldo was the world’s top player last season] I think Ronaldo is the best this year because what he did for his country was amazing, He and Messi are unbelievable; Van Dijk also was good but what Messi and Ronaldo are doing is amazing

2019 08 17 Retrieve

[Micah Richards says Sergio Aguero is up there with the Alan Shearers and the Thierry Henry] I think if look at the goals he has scored, the one when we won the league, he seems to score not just goals but the important goals. I think Jesus when he comes up against stronger opposition, I’m not going to say he goes hiding but I know if I have Aguero upfront that my full trust is in him to either score, put in a shift or link-up play. I know with Aguero on the team sheet what I am going to get from him. He’s been in the Premier League for six or seven seasons now and I think he is still underrated. People don’t give him the respect he deserves. I think he is one of the best ever strikers to play in the Premier League, without a doubt. He’s up there with the Shearer’s and the Henry’s. I think Aguero, if he’s 100 per cent fit, he is striker number one for me

2019 09 18 Retrieve

[Micah Richards says he would give his remaining healthy knee for the chance to play for Manchester City under Pep Guardiola] I would give my other knee to play for Pep’s City. A fit Micah Richards would be up there but I am not bitter towards these boys about their money and success. A lot of the older pros - I won’t name names - they need the money and are bitter about the money in modern football. In my position, Trent Alexander-Arnold is a £100 million footballer now. I am happy for Kyle Walker, who has kicked on under the best manager in the world

[Though a big admirer of Guardiola, Richards stressed he thrived working under Roberto Mancini, who spent four seasons in charge at the Etihad] Mancini was unbelievable. He wanted the best. Some players want an arm around them but he didn’t care. He cared about results and pushed people. Some didn’t know how to deal with that. I really enjoyed someone saying: ‘You’re good but let’s improve you’. A lot thought they were ready-made stars and could not be improved. Every player can improve! It got difficult between the manager and players but he won the Premier League and FA Cup, and he will always be the manager who broke the duck and won the title

2019 10 01 Retrieve

[Micah Richards says Pep Guardiola’s rotation at Manchester City could cost Sergio Aguero the Premier League Golden Boot] Mohamed Salah will win the Golden Boot this season. He’s greedy around the box and he’ll benefit from playing every game because Liverpool won’t rotate him unless they absolutely have to. Salah will be pushed by the likes of Mane, Kane and Aguero but he’ll pip them to the prize. In terms of natural goalscorers, Aguero is the best but Pep tries to rotate his forwards so he won’t get as many games as Salah

Pep Guardiola is the best manager in world football right now. His ability to get the best out of his players is a rare quality that separates him from most other managers. In football, talent can only take you so far. As well as hard work, a player needs a good manager who can guide them and get the best out of them. His work is done behind the scenes, but he trusts the quality of his players to do it for him on the pitch and is ready to step in when necessary. He has a philosophy that he will stick with and he doesn’t rest on his laurels, even if City are winning by four or five goals, he wants more from his players – it’s a great combination

[The Blues academy graduate said of recruitment plans] You’d imagine Man City may look to sign a defender in the next transfer window to replace Kompany - any team would miss a player of his quality. Even though he was injury prone last year, he still played and performed, in all the big games. Central defence is a position that they need to address if they are to retain the title again. The Laporte injury is devastating news for the club as he was set to be the heartbeat of that defence and replace Kompany – Man City need to reinforce that position in January

2019 10 08 Retrieve

[Micah Richards says Liverpool will not be the same team if they lose Sadio Mane or Roberto Firmino] They only thing I fear for Liverpool is if they pick up a couple of injuries. Man City are a bit short in the defensive area at the moment but as a contrast if Liverpool lost Sadio Mane or Roberto Firmino they would just not be the same team. Over the course of the season, I think City will get stronger. During the last 10 games there is so much pressure to perform and people make mistakes. If City are in touching distance by seven or eight points come February and March, I think it would be a good ride towards the end of the season

[Untimely injuries to the likes of Aymeric Laporte and John Stones have left the Blues short of options at centre-half, with Fernandinho being asked to provide cover] It will be interesting to see if he brings Kyle Walker into the centre-back role, only because I watched the game and Man City had a lot of the ball but on the counter attack Wolves looked very dangerous. If the centre-backs haven’t got pace you are going to get exposed. Maybe bringing Walker across just with his pace could be an option

2019 11 04 Retrieve

[Micah Richards says Man City always do things the hard way] I think City will win the Premier League this season. They’ve made it hard for themselves with the current situation at centre back, but City always do things the hard way. I would never back against City because the quality that they’ve got in the squad can turn a game on its head and the manager knows how to get the best out of every player. Kevin De Bruyne was a huge miss last season, but now he’s fully fit he’ll be like a new player and is pivotal in the way City like to play.

I have to give respect to Liverpool because they are playing really well but if they pick up an injury to one of their key men, then the team loses some balance. If Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane or Roberto Firmino gets injured, it would massively impact the way they play and make it difficult for them to maintain that level

[He added on former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola] He is the best manager in world football right now. His ability to get the best out of his players is a rare quality that separates him from most other managers. In football, talent can only take you so far. As well as hard work, a player needs a good manager who can guide them and get the best out of them. His work is done behind the scenes, but he trusts the quality of his players to do it for him on the pitch and is ready to step in when necessary. He has a philosophy that he will stick with and he doesn’t rest on his laurels, even if City are winning by four or five goals, he wants more from his players – it’s a great combination

2019 11 05 Retrieve

[Micah Richards says Nicolas Otamendi has become a scapegoat at Manchester City] I know he hasn’t played recently and he’s gone through a bit of a tough time but in these big games you need these players. This could be the game he has a good performance and that can set him up to have a great season. It’s a little bit difficult for him because now City are where they are in the league, he’s under the microscope and sometimes I feel like he can be the scapegoat of Man City. Yeah, he does dive in too much for my liking but the season when they won the league and the year before, they were calling him ‘The General’. He had some really good performances, so I think he just needs to get his confidence back and hopefully it can be on Sunday

It’s mind games. I think that’s what the title race needs – two great managers going up against each other. Pep’s come out on top a couple of times and he’s just trying to upset the applecart a little bit. I don’t think it’s fear. Why would it be? Pep’s already won the league. All the pressure is on Liverpool because they’re great in Europe and I think the fans just want that Premier League. It looks like it’s stirred Klopp up. When things were said when we were in the title race, people are going to say things but you don’t really react to it. The way Klopp’s reacted. He’s had a little nibble

2019 11 08 Retrieve

[Micah Richards says Manchester City should have looked into signing Gareth Bale ahead of Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva] If Bale got past you, there was no chance of catching him. There was this one game at White Hart Lane, and Gareth Bale tore me to shreds. The game ended 0-0 because Harty was unbelievable that day. I’ve never played against someone who skinned me that many times. Normally, because I was physical and fast, I’d always get back and put a tackle in not with Gareth Bale. He was just on a different level. I would have taken him at Manchester City before we got Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva. I still think he’s got a lot to give. All this speculation about how his bad attitude is wrong - he is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet

[Richards believes Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi has to be considered the finest player on the planet] I have to say Lionel Messi. Just because I’ve played against Cristiano Ronaldo and I kept him quiet on a couple of occasions. We went to Old Trafford and I played well against him whereas I couldn’t get anywhere near Messi. He was different gravy. He drops into pockets of space that you don’t want to be in. You think you’ve got him and then he just turns so quick. You can’t have a plan for him. As soon as he gets the ball, just try and foul him. Stop him from getting into his rhythm. That calibre of player. It’s just impossible to stop him. They are two of the greatest players of all time, the numbers speak for themselves, but I’d say Lionel Messi is harder to play against

2019 11 19 Retrieve

[Micah Richards says Jordan Henderson is a world-class midfielder] Harry Kane is world class. In midfield, there’s no other world, world-class midfielders. Henderson, you’d argue Henderson’s world class, because of what he’s done and consistency and whatnot. He’s won a European Cup, he’s been consistent over the last three or four years. Yeah, it really is [hard to write off a Champions League-winning captain]. You know what, I’m going to go with that statement, I’m going to say Henderson is world class and a lot of the work that he does goes unnoticed because he’s not getting 10 assists a season or scoring 10 goals a season. I was referring to on the field but off the field as well. I’ve played with Henderson and he’s just an honest guy who would run through brick walls for you, he’s willing to improve, he wants the team to be at its best

Any team that has lots of mercurial characters and youngsters needs a glue to bind it together and those two [along with James Milner] have done that and then some for Liverpool. And if - if - Liverpool do end up being crowned champions this season there is no doubt that they will have been two of the most important drivers of that. Henderson, in particular, given the way he has grown into the captaincy. Finding a new leader after Steven Gerrard was always going to be difficult, but Henderson has stepped up brilliantly

2019 11 20 Retrieve

[Former Manchester City defender Micah Richards has revealed Mario Balotelli regularly fell victim to the club’s fine policy and was docked well over £100,000 for his lateness] Balotelli was always late so we used to give all our money [from fines] to charities, so by Christmas time we’d have £100,000 to £150,000 in there - just from Balotelli. He’d be in the building, so like we’d have a meeting upstairs, and he’d just be downstairs relaxing. So he’d be in the building…

[Richards admitted he was often reluctant to dob teammates in but that Vincent Kompany was a stickler for the rules] It’s difficult because you know Kompany, he’s busy isn’t he? He always kept track of the fines and because I was sort of like vice-captain, one of the leaders in the dressing room, he’d tell me to take charge of it but I’m not going to tell the manager a player was late today or a player didn’t put their bib the washing bin - I’m not going to do that. So it was only if Vincent Kompany caught you. So the lads were avoiding him. I’m not a snitch!

You could appeal it [the fine]. You’d have to go with Kompany into the manager’s office. He had a fine sheet logged of all the fines. He was like a school teacher, a head master, one of those guys when you see him you turn the other way. I tried to be friends with everyone. I told him [Balotelli] ‘I’m going to let you off today’, but with Balotelli it was like every other week, I could only do so much

2019 11 23 Retrieve

[Manchester City team-mate Michah Richards recently revealed how Mario Balotelli’s indiscipline meant a regular bonanza for the charities supported by the Citizens] Balotelli was always late so we used to give all our money [from fines] to charities, so by Christmas time we’d have £100,000 to £150,000 in there - just from Balotelli. He’d be in the building, so like we’d have a meeting upstairs, and he’d just be downstairs relaxing. So he’d be in the building

2019 11 27 Retrieve

[Micah Richards is confident that his old side will reduce the gap between themselves and Premier League leaders Liverpool] It seems everything is falling into place for Liverpool at the moment. I’m not making excuses, I’m just being honest in terms of decisions, like VAR when we played them. But they played really well and they deserve to be there. Man City have been unlucky with injuries at the wrong time and also with suspensions, but I think it’s too early to decide [who will win the league]. Liverpool will drop points between now and the end of the season and I do believe that, come February, March time, the point deficit will be a lot smaller

I was always in favour of VAR but now it’s just… I don’t know, it’s just not consistent. If it’s consistent it will be better. I still believe it’s the right thing for the game because if you go back and look into the decision you’ll know it’ll be beneficial for the league. But I think the decisions are taking too long at the moment and the referees are not always going to the monitor to have a look. It’s just causing more problems than solutions. It needs a bit of tweaking but I think in the end we’ll get there

2020 01 08 Retrieve

[Marcus Rashford scored to give his side an outside chance of progressing to the Carabao Cup final when he netted against City in a 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford] I feel a bit sorry for Rashford because if he was in City’s team he would get 40 goals a season. Sometimes the counter-attack is not on. Look at Man City’s midfield compared to United, that is no disrespect but Kevin De Bruyne’s first option is a forward pass. When I see United play it is always a little too safe, it is: ‘I don’t want to make a mistake today’. Look at City’s midfielders, their first option is to play forward

2020 01 13 Retrieve

[Micah Richards says Champions League efforts with Manchester City will make or break Sergio Aguero’s legacy] Replacing Aguero, when that moment comes, is going to be near impossible for City. His goal-scoring record is just incredible, and so is his attitude. For someone who is a genuine superstar, he is so humble - and he is the nicest man you will ever meet.

A lot of superstars might be great talents on the pitch but can also be a bit difficult off it. With Aguero, both parts are spot on. With his talent and attitude, it was inevitable he would have so much success in the Premier League, and of course he has his moment in history here already because his goal that won the title in 2012 will never be forgotten. But when he does leave the club, I just hope he has got a Champions League winners’ medal too, because that is the only thing he is missing at club level.

Whether he wins it or not is not going to make or break his legacy as City’s greatest ever striker, or his reputation as a player, because he has already achieved so much. But it would put him right up there with the greats, which is where he deserves to be. Can City triumph in Europe this year? Well, they are certainly good enough going forward to win it, and Aguero is just one of the reasons for that.

2020 01 25 Retrieve

[Micah Richards writes about the FA Cup] I won the Premier League and played for England but it seems everyone always remembers me best for swearing live on BBC One on a Sunday afternoon

2020 01 29 Retrieve

[Micah Richards has questioned Pep Guardiola’s tactics in the club’s Carabao Cup semi-final second-leg defeat to Manchester United on Wednesday] I’m no manager and I don’t want to keep going on about Pep’s tactics and his style of play but you’ve Kyle Walker who’s arguably one of the best right-backs in the league and he’s playing as a centre-half

I know he’s a played a little role there for England but you’ve got [Joao] Cancelo playing left-back, you’ve got Rodri dropping back into centre-back position and you’ve got this midfield that they’re all doing a similar job. You’ve Eric Garcia on the bench. You’ve got John Stones on the bench. What does that do for their confidence?

2020 02 01 Retrieve

[Micah Richards says Man City would still be dominating with Van Dijk] I’m going to say, yes. He has got everything hasn’t he? Man City were linked with him and didn’t pursue it. They knew Kompany was coming towards his end and if they would have had Van Dijk, Man City would probably be dominating the league for a third year in a row

2020 02 20 Retrieve

[Former Man City defender Micah Richards expects collective and individual gongs to be swept up by Liverpool] It will go to a Liverpool player – I said Henderson was world class at the start of the year, I got abuse on Twitter and now he’s second in the running. For me a Liverpool player has to win it but there’s no one else at KDB’s standard

2020 02 26 Retrieve

[Pep Guardiola put on a tactical masterclass in Manchester City’s 2-1 win at Real Madrid on Wednesday night] This was a masterclass. Tonight, he showed that if he’s not the best [coaches] in the world, he is one of the top three

Raheem Sterling has not been in the greatest form of late. But he can change games with the way he runs at defenders. You can see why Real Madrid are interested in him - he walks into that side. But City have got better players than them. After all that happened with UEFA, this is a different City. They are working harder and working together. Everyone throws stones at you when you play for City, so to have that unity, it’s them against the world. They are really fighting for each other

2020 02 27 Retrieve

[Micah Richards says Kevin De Bruyne must lead Man City to Champions League to become a legend] Kevin de Bruyne was quiet-ish for the first 60 minutes. But once he got more involved, he delivered. He has taken the midfield role to another level. He got yet another assist and he’s come up with an important goal. We’ve joked about Ederson but De Bruyne is the man to take the pens. He’s already a great player, but to become a legend, he needs to drive this team on to win the Champions League

2020 03 09 Retrieve

[Micah Richards says John Stones has lost trust & Fernandinho isn’t a defender] If they want to be challenging next season, they’ve got a few little tweaks to make. It’s just little tweaks. It’s never as bad as you think, and it’s never as good as you think. I think the centre-back situation needs sorting, because I keep mentioning, in my opinion, Fernandinho isn’t a centre-back; he’s better in midfield. We miss him in midfield. I don’t want to keep mentioning Kompany, but I have to - it doesn’t look like we replaced him. Laporte’s been injured as well. Otamendi - they were calling him ‘The General’ only 18 months ago. I don’t know if he’s got to an age where he can’t move as well anymore, but he’s not producing the same performances that we were seeing a couple of seasons ago. Stones has not played as much games as he would like. Has he lost the manager’s trust? Probably. So yep, it needs sorting

2020 04 13 Retrieve

[England’s Youngest Debutants XI] I burst onto the scene. I played for England at 18, youngest ever defender to play for England. I would say that’s bursting onto the scene!

2020 04 30 Retrieve

[Micah Richards says Mourinho and Mancini tried but Guardiola might have taken to Balotelli] Pep would probably like him. Pep is obviously passionate and some people can see it as over-the-top but he just genuinely loves football and Mario genuinely loves football as well, so he actually might have taken to him. But Pep’s such a perfectionist on the field, if Mario wasn’t hitting the heights that we all know he could, they might not see eye-to-eye. You see [Raheem] Sterling scoring a hat-trick or winning man of the match and Pep’s shouting at him on the pitch - talking about what he could do better or why hasn’t he done this. I don’t think Mario would react the best to that. But on a more human level I think they’d get on because they’re two top blokes

There was a lot of people who didn’t really like him because he was Mancini’s favourite. He could get away with more stuff than other players and he always still managed to start or come on or whatever. But Mario, as a person, is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. It’s just he does crazy things. I’m still in contact with him and he will always be one of my favourites. I just wish he could have shown more on the pitch because he’s genuinely one of the best players I’ve played with in terms of ability, shooting, technique - he’s absolutely incredible. I understood what Mancini and all the other coaches saw in him. At the time, we had Balotelli, [Edin] Dzeko, [Sergio] Aguero and [Carlos] Tevez. Look at that front line. I just wish he could have stayed longer because you know a lot of people were throwing stones at him and some of it was rightly so for sure, but there was more to him than people saw and he was a genuinely nice person off the field

[One notorious incident that enraged Mancini was in a pre-season friendly against Los Angeles Galaxy in 2011. Balotelli was clean through midway through the first half when he pirouetted on the ball and tried to backheel a goal - only to put his attempt wide] I asked Mario about it and he said: ‘I’m telling you now. I heard a whistle’. Even if he did hear a whistle or not, we were like: ‘Just score anyway’. But he was adamant that he heard a whistle so he stopped. But you never know with Mario because it fitted in with the rest of his antics. But I prefer the story that he was trying to take the mickey, it’s a better story. People might think he has wasted his talent away but it’s not the case. He’s been at some top clubs, Inter as a young one, Man City, and Milan - when he went back there he was unbelievable in that season. It’s not by luck how good he is. People say his attitude and his antics are not great but behind the scenes he works harder than most professionals I’ve ever worked with. When he went to Liverpool, a lot of people were questioning the signing. I was just like: ‘Come on Mario, this is the time to show people why you’re Super Mario’, but obviously, it didn’t work out

2020 05 01 Retrieve

[Richards says Man City players overlooked for individual awards] Every time a City player has been up for it, someone’s just pipped them but that season Yaya should have won it 100 per cent. I don’t think people are necessarily being bad to City when they don’t pick them, I just feel subconsciously other teams might think they’ve had all this investment and expect this to happen anyway. You could run through the team from Joe Hart, when he was on flames, Vincent Kompany, [Pablo] Zabaleta, Yaya, [David] Silva, [Sergio] Aguero - all of them could have won player of the year. But I think because we have had so much talent in the squad, that people just expect us to be that good. Like [Kevin] De Bruyne this season. I do believe it’s got to go to a Liverpool player because of how much they are winning the league by. But then City broke the points record and didn’t win it, so maybe De Bruyne could win it instead of [Sadio] Mane or [Virgil] Van Dijk

He was coming from one of the biggest clubs in the world so we were welcoming him to the side. He’d played in the [2009] Champions League final [win over Manchester United] as a centre-half so we didn’t know what exactly he was. But after the first training session I was like: ‘Wow’. People just think he’s all power and pace but he has the technique of David Silva but could run as fast and as strong as me. When he came as a defensive midfielder we already had Nigel de Jong so I didn’t know if we needed him to do that role. But he has everything. Silva’s probably my all-time favourite City player but Yaya had more strings to his bow

We knew how important he was to our team because he’s a player that as soon as he turns it on, nobody in the world can deal with him. He’s a big part of our team, and if he leaves us for a month we could lose some vital games. I remember [after a defeat at] Everton when Yaya was away, Mancini nearly caused World War III in our dressing room. He said to us: ‘You can’t do without Yaya’. The dressing room erupted. I’ve never seen anything like it before, we all wanted to fight Mancini. After we settled down, he said: ‘I said that on purpose because I knew I would get that reaction. And how you have reacted now is exactly how I want you to react every single week on the pitch’. From that point on I thought we were going to win the league, no matter what obstacles were put in front of us, we were going to win it.

2020 05 13 Retrieve

[The story of Man City’s first Premier League title] I was out for five days in a row. I’m not a big drinker. But I probably had two hours’ sleep per night. I was drinking absolutely everything because I just couldn’t believe it

No disrespect to them, Yaya and Silva - they were always going to win something. But when you’re a young player coming through the youth team at 14, to win a Premier League … you just can’t describe it. It was absolutely incredible. I was out with my mates. I remember a couple years before Man Utd and Rio [Ferdinand] and all of them were walking around with their Premier League medals. So I went out that night, and I made sure I had my Premier League medal for everyone to see.

[Richards believed the glamour and excitement of the pre-season tour to Los Angeles 10 months earlier helped bring them together and set them up for the first title] I think it all started when we were in LA. We just had a tight-knit group from then on. Normally in pre-season you’re in not the best of places and all the time after training, you just want to go back to the room and relax - watch some films or whatever. But because we were in Los Angeles, we were venturing out and got closer as a group. That really helped us to go and win the Premier League. It helped obviously that we won the FA Cup the year before, but we believed in each other even more from that pre-season because we got to know each other more as people not just on the pitch

[City boss Roberto Mancini was hugely superstitious. The Italian is also religious, praying that City would win the title the night before and had prayer beads in his suit pocket at the Etihad Stadium. But that did not stop him shouting an unholy Fck you! Fck you! at his players when they fell 2-1 behind to 10-man QPR] Everyone’s seen that clip of him swearing at every one!. Everything had been going so right and he’s waiting for just one moment against a team, which we should be battering probably 6 or 7-0. We had something like 20 corners in that game, and we couldn’t hit the target. So everyone was just like ‘we’ve lost the game’. I felt that on the bench when I was there. I was like: ‘I can’t believe this. Is this going be typical old City again?’ Everything was in slow motion

2020 05 28 Retrieve

[Micah Richards on Mario Balotelli] Mario, as a person, is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. It’s just he does crazy things. But I’m still in contact with him and he will always be one of my favourites. I just wish he could have shown more on the pitch because he’s genuinely one of the best players I’ve played with in terms of ability, shooting, technique – he’s absolutely incredible

2020 07 03 Retrieve

[Kevin De Bruyne was the star as Manchester City thrashed Liverpool] I am running out of superlatives to talk about him. He just affects every game that he plays. He was the best player on the pitch again

2020 07 03b Retrieve

[Premier League champions Liverpool were brought back down to earth as they were thrashed 4-0 by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium] People keep saying Foden is one for the future, but he is one for the present