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Man City boss Mancini rejects Richards criticism of tactics

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has rejected Micah Richards criticism about playing with three centre-backs in the Champions League defeat to Ajax. Mancini said: "If you are a top player it is not important what system you use.

"If you don't understand a system like that, you cannot play for a top team."

Richards admitted the Premier League champions were uncomfortable with the three centre-back formation, saying they preferred to play 4-4-2.

The Italian added: "What Micah said is not important. He answered a question. I understand people want to write about it, but to me it doesn't matter.

"Maybe Micah doesn't know because it was his first game for two and-a-half months."

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