Sky Sports: Richards urges Champions League confidence
- 01 October 2013 09:06
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
As attentions turn to the visit of Bayern Munich, this morning’s headlines feature a heavy Champions League flavour.
Ahead of City’s first home encounter in this season’s competition on Wednesday, anticipation is high for the visit of the European Champions, but Micah Richards reckons the Blues can approach the clash with confidence.
Both teams won their opening fixtures 3-0, and will be looking to open a gap at the top of Group D.
Micah told Sky Sports News: "The last two seasons, without making excuses, the groups that we've had have been really hard.
"I think this group is still hard but is a little bit easier than the last two.
"We started off with a good win away and we are at home now so hopefully we can get another good result, but it's massive for the club now.”
He added: "With the players we have, we should be there or thereabouts in the Champions League, but to not qualify in the last two seasons has been pretty hard for everyone to take.
"Now the team looks like it is gelling at the right time. We can go into Champions League games with confidence and I feel good this year.”
However, Bayern Munich are sure to provide a tough test for the Blues, and the Manchester Evening News has highlighted five opposition players to watch out for.
As well as the expected names of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, David Lynch outlines the threat coming from the 21-year-old left back, David Alaba.
He writes: “Bayern's threat out wide does not just come courtesy of their flying wingers, with the German club boasting plenty of talent on the overlap as well. David Alaba is likely to fulfil that duty from left-back on Wednesday, with the 21-year-old having played a prominent role for his side so far this season.
“Alaba became Bayern's youngest ever player when he made his debut against Greuther Further at the age of 17, and is also the scorer of the seventh fastest goal in Champions League history - a long-distance effort after just 27 seconds against Juventus last season.”
Finally, Sergio Aguero has tried his hand at a bit of interviewing. The Argentinian proves a man of many talents as he questions international teammate Lionel Messi.
The Mirror reports: “Lionel Messi was chatting to journalists for an interview with TV show Mundo Leo, an Argentinian show dedicated 100% to following the Barcelona star, when one of his best friends unexpectedly walked in.
“His Argentina team-mate Sergio Aguero dropped in to ask Messi a few questions, including a quiz on who was the messiest room-mate he had ever had, and who was the best at Playstation.”
You can watch the video below: