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De Souza Robinho celebrates with Micah after scoring the opening goal of the game on his debut.

Saturday September 13, 2008Micah's say... Manchester City v Chelsea

By William Wood | In Micah's Say

City started brightly and debutant Robinho got his career at Eastlands underway in fairytale style, looping a free-kick over the wall and, aided by a slight deflection, beyond Petr Cech in The Blues’ goal.

However, last season’s Premier League runners-up quickly regained their composure and netted an equaliser through Ricardo Carvalho just three minutes later.

The visitors to a packed and vocal City of Manchester stadium then took the lead after a fine passing move, Frank Lampard eventually firing left-footed passed the helpless Joe Hart.

And the victory was complete when Joe Cole’s perfectly-weighted pass was controlled by Nicolas Anelka and slotted into the back of City’s net, though the celebrations were cut short when Chelsea captain John Terry was dismissed late on.

Micah, though, felt that his side had chances to regain their footing in the match, with another of their dazzling Brazilian’s, Jo, going close to an equaliser in the first half along with Stephen Ireland.

While the 20-year old himself looked solid at the back, belying his relatively young years with an assured performance in a game dubbed the ‘Clash of the Cash’, Micah felt it was the Premier League experience that Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men possessed which was the deciding factor.

Speaking exclusively to MicahRichards.com, he said: “I’m obviously gutted that we lost but at the end of the day Chelsea are a good team.”

While Frank Lampard, Joe Cole and Nicolas Anelka were the Chelsea players that drew many of the plaudits after the encounter, Micah believed it was another member of Scolari’s team that was the most impressive while adding that he was satisfied with his own display.

“John Mikel Obi was the best opposing player, while I think I played quite well,” Micah concluded.

Having faced one of their sterner tests in Chelsea, Micah and his teammates now travel to Cyprus to face AC Omonia in the UEFA Cup first round, before returning to Lancashire for their home fixture against FA Cup holders Portsmouth in the league.