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Thursday November 27, 2008Micah's Say... Schalke v Manchester City

By William Wood | In Micah's Say

Manchester City cruised to an impressive 2-0 away victory over Schalke in the Uefa Cup, a result that sent them to the top of Group A, and a delighted Micah underlined his ambitions for the tournament exclusively with MicahRichards.com.

City weathered the storm when faced with pressure from the hosts early on, and Benjani Mwaruwari edged Mark Hughes’ men in front after a fine ball by Daniel Sturridge.

The Premier League outfit grew in confidence and their efforts were rewarded on the hour mark as in-form midfielder Stephen Ireland doubled the advantage, a margin they held on to for the remainder of the clash.

“I was really happy with the result,” Micah said. “Playing away in the Uefa cup is always hard and even more so away at Schalke, but we all performed well as a team and got a great result.

“I thought I had a good game, defended well and tried to get forward when ever possible.
Most importantly, we kept a clean sheet which is the second in as many games so I’m happy all round.”

Micah was switched to right-back having occupied central defence several times in recent weeks, and the England international enjoyed the opportunities to attack the role gave him.

“Playing at right back gives me more freedom to get forward and I like that aspect of it,” he continued.

Having started the competition in solid fashion, City are being tipped to reach the latter stages of the competition, a notion that Micah believes is well within their capability.

“We have played two difficult games and got two wins, meaning we’re top of our group with six points,” he added.

“I’ve said from the start we are in it to win it, and the manner of today’s victory should send a message to everyone else in the Uefa Cup that we will be challenging for the trophy.”

The result follows up the emphatic 3-0 victory over Arsenal at the weekend, and the 20-year old believes the confidence in the squad will make Sunday’s derby against arch-rivals Manchester United even more entertaining.

“The last two wins have been so important in terms of the points, but more than that they have been great performances from us as a team,” he concluded. “I’m really looking forward to the derby, and we’re all certainly up for it.”