By William Wood | In Match Reports - Home Games
Following an impressive display for Manchester City in their 3-0 demolition of Liverpool – including the second goal – Micah has spoken of his desire to retain his place in the team.
Injury ruled the 22-year old out of much of the latter part of the season last term, but following a solid pre-season and positive signs already this campaign, Micah is confident that the added competition will only encourage the squad.
“I’m not going to lie, the pressure is high,” Micah said. “When you are not picked you are a bit down. When you are picked, you have to play at 100 per cent to keep your shirt. It’s hard, but it’s also good for the team.
“The club has changed ridiculously, I’m just glad to be a part of it. The manager has come in and bought all these players but I am still in the starting line-up.
“It’s been so competitive at the training ground. We have 25 very good players, some of them world class.
“There is going to be tension in the camp because everyone wants to play. David Silva has come and he was on the bench against Liverpool! Only 11 can play, so when you get your chance you have to take it.”
A sustained run of form should also see Micah force his way back into the full England side, and the defender revealed that Roberto Mancini and his staff has been working closely with him to improve areas of his game.
“Sometimes I tend to switch off a little bit,” Micah said.
“That is when the danger comes. I’m trying to keep my concentration more. It’s a weakness the manager is trying to help me put right.
“He keeps telling me I have the attributes to be one of the best players in England and that I just need to focus on being aware and watching the players around me. If I can improve that, hopefully I will be.
“I tend to play better with better players anyway. For me, it is just getting a good few games and a bit of consistency. If I can play like I did against Liverpool for a few games on the trot, who knows?”