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Season 2011/12

Micah's final diary

  • 23 July 2011 17:22
  • Posted by Micah was talking with David Clayton

I’m sad this is my last diary of the tour because I’ve enjoyed doing this on a daily basis. It’s been a fantastic tour, I think we’re in great shape and the spirit in the camp is fantastic.

We round things off with a game against LA Galaxy on Sunday (9pm your time) before flying home after 16 days in North America.

I went to the UFC training camp yesterday and really enjoyed myself – check out the video if you’ve not already seen it.

UFC is basically cage fighting and if you’ve ever watched it, you’ll know these guys don’t mess about. The best bit for me was when I turned head physio Lee Nobes over and dumped him on the canvass.

To be fair, he’s a solid guy and wasn’t expecting it, but it was a decent move all the same. We did a bit of training on the punch bags and learned some techniques and moves that we put together in a combination that the guys use in fights.

We then took it in turns to go in the ring with two of the UFC fighters - Miguel Torres and Fredson - and though they didn’t look that much physically, despite my size and strength, a guy half my weight and height flipped me over with ease and it just goes to show it’s all about the technique rather than the power.

I can’t see me using the moves on match days, but I’m going to be watching UFC from now on and keep an eye on the lads we trained with and watch their progress.

I suppose it makes sense to finish by looking forward to next season and what I hope to achieve personally and what I think this team is capable of.

...Micah Day 15

I just want to improve on last year and become one of the best right-backs in Europe – I’d love to play for England again but my first concern is City and becoming the best I can for my club.

I can still learn and if I can stay injury free, I believe I can take things to the next level, especially with the players I have around me – make no mistake, this a great bunch of lads.

I think there is no limit in what we can achieve and though we won the FA Cup, I still think people won’t take us seriously until we’ve made our mark in the Champions League or won the Premier League title.

I believe we can do really well so long as we play the way we can and have belief in ourselves. We need a bit of luck along the way and I actually think if we’d not had the distraction of the Europa League, we’d have won the title last season.

It won’t be easy and there are maybe five or six teams who will be right up there this season, but we’re looking forward to showing everyone what we’re capable of.

Thanks for reading this diary for the past two weeks and thanks to Chris and Dave for putting it all together.

I’m just off to take on Joleon at FIFA 12 now…

See you at the match!

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