Micah Richards claims Guardiola 'is not trusting' his team

‘I don’t think Pep knows his best back four’: Micah Richards claims Guardiola ‘is not trusting’ his Manchester City team and says their back line must be sorted to reclaim the Premier League

  • Manchester City face Wolves in their first Premier League game on Monday
  • Micah Richards believes Pep Guardiola still has plenty of work to do
  • The former City defender thinks the defence is the route of their problems

Micah Richards believes Manchester City have some serious defensive issues to sort out if they are to reclaim their place as champions of England.

Pep Guardiola’s side face Wolves in their first game of the new campaign on Monday night and Richards is doubtful that they will be fully prepared.

‘City’s problems are defensive,’ Sportsmail’s columnist said during his role as a pundit on Sky Sports.

Micah Richards believes Manchester City have some serious defensive issues to sort out

Pep Guardioa’s defence let him down a number of times last season as City finished second

‘Losing Vincent Kompany was a massive risk. Losing Laporte for a lot of last season was a massive miss. Problem lies with Fernandinho dropping back and Rodri trying to fill in the gaps. The defence is then left too exposed. 

There’s no real consistency. I don’t even think Pep knows his best back four. Kyle Walker is probably the only certainty in that side. 

He’s not trusting his team. When I was playing under Mancini we’d always rotate the full-backs, it’s just that centre back pairing. 

‘The manager has lost faith in his centre backs – every window they’re linked with one. They’ve brought in Ake – is he going to be the one to lead that line? I’m not too sure.


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