Man City must improve in Champions League, says Richards

Manchester City defender Micah Richards has said that his side have to improve in the Champions League this season, after crashing out at the group stage in each of the past two years, Sky Sports has reported.

City’s owners are expecting more success in Europe this time around after finishing bottom of their group under Roberto Mancini last season with just two points, and struggling the year before.

New boss Manuel Pellegrini oversaw victory against Viktoria Plzen in their opening group match, but Man City expect a much tougher test when defending champions Bayern Munich visit the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. CSKA Moscow are the other team in Group D.

And Richards, whose appearances have been restricted by injury in recent years, said that Man City reach the knockout stages this season. He 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.

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.

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