Richards: Don’t compare me to Zaba
- 28 September 2013 08:33
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
It’s Premier League match day six today which means that there's plenty of City mentions in the press this morning.
There’s all manner of match previews and quotes to dig into but we start with an interview Micah Richards gave to Manchester Evening News journalist Stuart Brennan.
The full-back made his first appearance of the season against Wigan on Tuesday and he’s determined to win back a regular place in the team after last season’s injury troubles.
Just don’t compare him to Pablo Zabaleta…
“I get disheartened when people say it’s a battle, as they make it sound competitive, when we are a team,” Richards asserted.
“I know we are all fighting for our own careers and want the best for our own careers, but I hate it when people compare us, because we are totally different sorts of players.
“He might play in one game, I might play in another, and we both give 100 per cent, and both have different attributes.
“Comparing us is not right, as he is my team-mate and I get on with him more than anyone."
...Micah Richards on Zabaleta...
“The media don’t try to turn you against each other, but sometimes they make it about ‘He’s going to play, so he’s not going to’.
“We are a team, and when he is doing well, no-one praises Pablo more than me, like when he got player of the year last season.”
Elsewhere, former City goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has heaped praise on Joe Hart after England’s no.1’s solid start to the season against increasing media pressure – that’s also in the Manchester Evening News.
“Joe Hart has come in for a bit of criticism but it’s only because he’s the England goalkeeper and he’s not got any competition,” Schmeichel said.
“It’s always been like that, it’s just the way the English media works.
“Joe Hart is a tough cookie and he won’t listen to any of that. A lot of what he has been criticised for is just rubbish.
“Every player makes mistakes, every goalkeeper makes mistakes, every manager does, every broadcaster, every person in life makes mistakes. But for goalkeepers often when they make a mistake it leads to a goal.
“It’s not the mistake that’s important, it’s how you recover from it. If you recover instantly, in that second it’s gone from your mind. You play on and don’t make the next mistake and that’s the sign of a top keeper.
"Joe Hart certainly is one of those guys.”
...Schmeichel on Hart...
Elsewhere, Barcelona superstar Andres Iniesta has seemingly ruled out any possibility of joining City in the near future by committing his future to the La Liga club.
Rumours had been circulating that a move to City or United could be on the cards after the midfielder allegedly turned down a new contract at the Nou Camp.
"There is nothing strange or any war going on between Barca and Iniesta. The club wants me here and I want to stay here," Iniesta said at a press conference.
"I have said many times that my aim is to retire here and the club wants the same. We all want to reach an agreement.
"This has nothing to do with money or whether I am the second, third, fourth or fifth best paid player.
"What motivates me is knowing that I have some good years ahead in which I can keep improving and growing as a player."
Ah well, there's always FIFA...
That's all for today - make sure you join us for live text and audio commentary from Villa Park in our new Match Day Centre here on mcfc.co.uk this afternoon.