Micah Richards: Man City braced for tough Premier League title defence

Manchester City defender Michah Richards denies Roberto Mancini's side will "walk" the Premier League title next season

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Micah Richards is set to feature for Team GB at London 2012 Photo: kelvingillmor.com

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Micah Richards has dismissed claims Manchester City will “walk the title” next season after Roberto Mancini masterminded the Eastlands outfit’s first top flight crown in 44 years last term.

City secured their first Premier League title courtesy of a 3-2 victory over Queens Park Rangers on the final day of season to ensure Mancini’s side finished ahead of Manchester United on goal difference.

The champions are favourites to retain their crown but Richards is not underestimating the size of the task facing City, with United already strengthening their squad, Chelsea spending big and Tottenham Hotspur appointing Andre Villas-Boas as their new manager this summer.

“I don’t think it’s going to be easy,” he told Sky Sports. “People say we’re going to go and walk the title but I don’t think that’s the case.

“I see everyone as big threats really. Obviously Spurs have got a new manager and players will be going there to improve and show people what they can do. Manchester United as usual, Chelsea have spent some decent money in the summer, so they’ll be looking. Arsenal always are about and Liverpool.”

The 24-year-old is part of Stuart Pearce’s 18-man Team GB squad for the London Olympics – but the defender insists there is no pressure on him to prove a point to England manager Roy Hodgson, who opted against taking Richards to Euro 2012.

“I don’t feel I have a point to prove. I wasn’t picked in the squad. I won’t dwell on that,” added Richards. “When I had a chance to come and join Team GB it was an honour for me to do that.

“Obviously players are going to be disappointed not to go to the Euros, but once I got the chance with GB, it’s going to be amazing and it’s time to show everyone what I can do.”

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