By Micah Richards | In My Week
I’ve just grabbed a quick few minutes from training with England U21s to look back on a positive week for Manchester City as well as me personally.
I have had a good week on the football side of things. I was much happier with my performance against Sunderland, managing to get forward a lot and getting a few good balls into the box. Even winning the penalty gave me a boost as it showed I was getting into dangerous positions, though I was surprised when Robbie took it and it was saved. When we practice penalties in training he rarely misses, so I was shocked that it didn’t go in as he is one of the most relaxed players I’ve ever played with.
Manchester City v Sunderland
Obviously I was also able to score my first goal in over two years which is a long a time considering that I’m quite strong in the air, and while defensive duties are my priorities, I’ll be trying to grab a few more!
At the moment I’m away with England U21s trying to get fit for the next two games we have, against Norway and France. My hamstring is a little tight again, which is why I came off early against Sunderland, but I’m hopeful that I can get fit enough to play. I really don’t like missing any games, whether it’s England or Manchester City.
On that note, I’m very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the England U21 set-up once again as we’ve got a great group here. I still want to improve more and more, and hopefully I can work my way back into the senior side – that’s certainly my aim.
In the league we’re three points off seventh place now and we’re all looking onwards and
upwards. I’ve had a lot of positive feedback from fans and visitors to my site which is great to get as I want to hear from you all as to how you think I’m doing. It’s been an up and down season but I’m starting to gain in confidence and that has a knock-on effect on my performances, and hopefully that will mean that we improve as a team and you all go home happy!
It’s hard to put in nine and ten out of ten performances each week, and it’s taken a bit of time getting used to the expectation that I didn’t have when I first came through. Every game I’m learning something new and my fitness is getting better and better. Moving from centre-back to right-back was a slight shock after quite a while playing there, particularly as much more of the focus is on getting forward, and I think that I have become a lot more involved in the game.
Nigel De Jong
The Uefa cup draw was last week and we got Hamburg, which is Kompany and DeJong’s old team. We played them in pre-season and they seemed like a strong side, and Vinny and Nigel will be giving us a good insight into what type of football they play and how we can beat them. They are one point off the top of the league in Germany so they are having an excellent season so we will all be asking Vinny and Nigel for any information they have as to who the danger men are and what the so-called weak links are. As ever, we’ll go into the clash with confidence, and I hope as many of you as possible will be there to support us.