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."
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