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10 Sep 2010 08:33:46

| Submit Comments| Comments (11)| Printable Version1/1Play SlideshowClose MapMicah Richards believes the Eastlands revolution is progressing well - even if there has been a "ridiculous" turnover of players in the time he has been at the club. Since Richards made his senior debut in 2005 City have been through two takeovers, three changes of manager and seen a host of players come and go. It has made for a turbulent period, but five years down the line City, backed by the wealth of owner Sheikh Mansour, have assembled a star-studded squad and view themselves as serious contenders for domestic and European honours. Having started every league game so far in the 2010-11 campaign, Richards remains very much in the mix and the 22-year-old believes the club's fans have plenty to look forward to. "I made my debut at 17 and I've seen 40, 50, maybe 60 players go in that time," Richards said. "It is ridiculous, but it's only good for the club. We have had a lot of money to spend and we have spent right. "This season we can definitely do something and the Champions League is on our minds. "It's all happened so fast, but Man United have always had the victories, the cup runs, the history and it would be nice if City could do similarly. "I think we have the players - even as good a squad as theirs now and it's not going to gel overnight, but if we keep this team for two or three years, who knows?" Rise Richards was speaking in Manchester at the official premiere of "Blue Moon Rising", a film that depicts life at City last term, the first full season of Sheikh Mansour's ownership which saw them narrowly beaten to a Champions League spot by Tottenham. There have been plenty of high-profile departures and arrivals at the club since then as City look to go one better this campaign, with Germany defender Jerome Boateng among the expensive summer signings. Boateng is likely to be vying with Richards for a first-team spot when he is fully fit and the England international admits that competition in the squad will be fierce. "Some players who are not starting every week are going to be disappointed but if we want to have a good team we need good players and a good squad," Richards said. "If we want to move forward, some people might have to get upset. When they come in, they are going to have to give 100%." Created by Big Brother producers Endemol and directed by BAFTA winner Stewart Sugg, "Blue Moon Rising" lives last season through the eyes of seven fans. Following them around the country, it also includes exclusive interviews with chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak and manager Roberto Mancini, who is confident City are on the verge of something big. "This year I think it will be a different season because I think it is time that we changed this club's history," Mancini said. "Manchester City has fantastic supporters and they are very passionate for the squad. "Now, it is important that we change our situation and I think it is time that we won something."| Submit Comments| Comments (11)| Printable VersionAdd A CommentEnter your comments:Sending


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