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Richards hails prolific City strikers

January 17, 2014
By Richard Jolly

Micah Richards has said he believes Manchester City’s prolific forwards have every attribute needed to destroy defences.

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City took their total for the season to 99 goals in Wednesday’s 5-0 FA Cup win over Blackburn, when Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko both scored twice and substitute Sergio Aguero struck 49 seconds into his comeback.

Manuel Pellegrini’s team are on course to bring up their century when Cardiff visit the Etihad Stadium on Saturday and their strikers are in peak form, with top scorer Negredo on 21 goals, Aguero 20 and Dzeko 15.

Right-back Richards said: "I think they've got everything. Sergio has pace and power. Edin is a good finisher and good in the air. Negredo runs around like a man possessed and is a great finisher.

"They've all got something, some sort of gift to bring to the team, and it just seems to be clicking at the moment. If we want to win the league, if we want to win trophies, they are going to be key.”

Richards, City’s longest-serving player, drew a comparison between a team that can’t stop scoring and one that could not start to find the net.

He was part of the Stuart Pearce side that managed a mere 29 league goals in the 2006-07 season, with their last at home coming on New Year’s Day and no striker mustering more than four.

He added: “We didn't score for something like five months here. It was ridiculous. How times have changed.

“You savour these good times all the more because of back then. For me, every day, I come in and I see the players I'm playing with and you compare them to the players I was playing with seven years ago. It's a different kettle of fish.”

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