Micah Richards is the newest visitor on the Tremendous 6 Podcast, becoming a member of Laura Woods to debate all issues Sergio Aguero, Aston Villa and his England call-up.
The Sky Sports activities pundit and two-time Premier League winner with Manchester Metropolis caught up with Woods within the newest Tremendous 6 Podcast to deal with a variety of subjects…
Helping Aguero’s first aim: ‘Batman and Robin!’
Sergio Aguero has scored 181 Premier League targets in his Manchester Metropolis profession, however Richards assisted his first. What does he keep in mind concerning the second?
“Persons are speaking concerning the modern-day full-back, I invented the modern-day full-back marauding ahead, that is the place the ‘burst’ got here from!” Richards stated.
Woods: “Aguero’s statue ought to be of that first aim he scored, with a statue of Micah helping within the background!”
Richards: “It comes as a pair, like Batman and Robin!”
On Aguero’s departure: ‘I used to be devastated’
Aguero is leaving Manchester Metropolis on the finish of this season – and Richards admitted he was gutted at listening to the information.
“I used to be on the radio when the information broke. Sergio has been texting me, I’ve been asking if he’s alright and we’re going to go for some dinner after lockdown and what not. I’m all the time laughing and bubbly however when [the news] got here, I used to be devastated.
“There was no level in me doing the final hour of the present as a result of I could not course of it. It sounds silly, however there are individuals who make their mark on golf equipment, and he was an actual real world-class, celebrity, legend of the sport, and never only for Manchester Metropolis, however of the Premier League.
“To see that finish of an period after every little thing he has executed and given for the membership. The timing of it was tougher for me to simply accept, as we’re nonetheless in 4 competitions. To announce that now, will it trigger some unrest within the camp?”
England call-up – a prank?
Richards was the youngest ever defender to win an England cap however when the decision got here from Steve McClaren, Richards admitted he thought it was a joke!
“I used to be in Moss Aspect in Manchester on the barber’s. The cellphone rang – ‘Hello Micah, it is Steve, you’ve got been referred to as up for the nationwide workforce’ – and I put the cellphone down. That may be a genuinely true story, not even banter.
“I put it down as a result of there had been no discuss of it in any respect. Usually when a participant is getting in, the membership may let you know or the journalist however it got here out of nowhere! I’m all the time laughing and joking so the individuals who I used to hold round with have been all the time messing round, so I assumed it was simply one of many lads.
“It rang again once more and with a withheld quantity in order that’s why I assumed it was a prank! They stated it was severe. I used to be within the barbers and I could not imagine it; 18 you realize! A 12 months earlier than I had made my debut and now I’m within the England squad. It was bizarre as a result of I put the cellphone down however it was top-of-the-line emotions ever!”
Causes for Villa relegation
Aston Villa have been relegated from the Premier League within the 2015/16 marketing campaign with Richards the membership captain. He speaks candidly on the podcast about what he noticed as the explanations for the membership’s demise.
“When Tim Sherwood was there, I did not miss a recreation. I stored my quantity, so I assumed this was a match made in heaven. He needed to play, I used to be enjoying some nice soccer and we signed some good gamers, however Fabian Delph goes, Christian Benteke leaves, Ron Vlaar leaves and Brad Friedel too, so the backbone of the workforce principally.
“I really feel in good condition, after which they alter the supervisor. Remi Garde got here in and he was terrible. Not solely was he terrible, however my type was additionally terrible too. Everybody else within the workforce was terrible as nicely, so it was collectively shambolic.
“The followers booed us, confidence was drained much more, so it was a recipe for catastrophe. From being a Premier League winner to being relegated – I’m glad it occurred although, as a result of it made me see it from each side and it formed me as an individual.”
Sympathy with Gerrard over slip
Steven Gerrard’s slip, which allowed Demba Ba to sink Liverpool at Anfield, was deemed as a turning level within the 2014 title race, shifting the pendulum in the way in which of Manchester Metropolis. Richards remembers the incident…
“If there was one one that deserved the Premier League, it was Steven Gerrard. When he slipped I used to be like, ‘Wow’, as he had them within the huddle – ‘We don’t let this slip’. I couldn’t have wished that on anybody as he absolutely deserved it.
“What he did with Liverpool, and naturally everybody talks about what you win, however how he galvanised his groups, bringing them again after they have been down, have a look at the Champions League!
“He’s a correct character, however when that occurred we simply knew it was our time. I’ve acquired the medal right here truly!”
Quickfire ‘Both or’…
Ruben Dias or Virgil van Dijk?
“I believe Ruben Dias has been good, however what Virgil van Dijk has executed during the last couple of seasons has been unbelievable, so I must say van Dijk.”
Ilkay Gundogan or Bruno Fernandes?
“This season Ilkay Gundogan has been completely different stage. For those who have been asking who I might need in my workforce, I might say Bruno Fernandes. This season Gundogan has come from nowhere. he has all the time been a great participant, however that is his greatest goalscoring season. I must say Fernandes.”
Phil Foden or Jack Grealish
“I knew you have been going to do that to me! I can’t reply it, it’s a tie! It’s too laborious – genuinely, that is the toughest query ever. I’m going to say, at this second in time, Jack Grealish. Phil Foden has the power to be higher, however at this second in time I’m taking Jack Grealish.”
If you missed earlier episodes, don’t worry. You can listen back to interviews with Jamie Carragher, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Conor Coady, Michail Antonio and Declan Rice on YouTube or on Apple Podcasts
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