Mancini: 'Richards must remember his brain'
Saturday 19 November 2011
Despite Micah Richards' fine form for Manchester City this season, manager Roberto Mancini yesterday said that his defender "can improve more" and offered a psychological explanation of his absence from the England team.
"He has good quality but sometimes Micah is too strong and he thinks he can play [at] 50 per cent," the City manager said. "If Micah plays to 100 per cent, for me he can become one of the top full-backs in Europe.
"His body is on the pitch, but his mind is left at home. Sometimes. For this, he can improve – if he can remember to pick up his brain. I say this because I love Micah, like all the players do ... He's strong, he's quick, he's strong in the air, he can play different positions." Of City's visitors today, Newcastle, Mancini said: "They've improved a lot and defend very well."
Latest in Sport
World Cup 2014 draw: Daunting draw but England have nothing to lose against Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica
World Cup 2014 draw: Greg Dyke makes 'cut throat' gesture after England are drawn in 'Group of Death'
Ashes 2013-14: Mitchell Johnson is proving England are spent force
Ashes 2013-14: England's batsmen have got 'no bottle' says Geoffrey Boycott
World Cup draw 2014: England drawn with holders Spain in official Group Stage rehearsal
- 1 Hundreds arrested as Canadian police smash worldwide paedophile ring
- 4 A forgotten episode in Russian history leaves links with the Philippines
- 5 People will try to reduce Mandela to a lilting reggae tune about ‘love’. They will fail