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Mancini helps Richards regain focus
Published : 20 Dec 2010 08:30:01
Manchester City defender Micah Richards has regained his focus and form during manager Roberto Mancini's first year in charge.And he feels there would be no better way to celebrate that anniversary than with a home victory against Everton on Monday.That result would see City go top of the table, a measure of their progress under Mancini, who replaced Mark Hughes in the run-up to Christmas.They are on course for a place in the Champions League, having already secured a spot of the Europa League's round of 32 with Aris Salonika their next opponents.Richards, who skippered the side in the draw with Juventus in midweek, said: "I enjoy playing football but it went a bit sour under Mark Hughes. Not because of him, I only blame myself for that."Roberto Mancini has given me a lot of confidence. I'm back in the England team and hopefully I can continue to play well - I was chuffed to be captain against Juventus - I was honoured that he chose me."