Manchester City defender Micah Richards says they must continue their momentum against Stoke City tonight.

The England defender played a captain's role in the thrilling 2-1 midweek win and is rapidly maturing into one of most reliable performers of his generation.

"Three points against Chelsea will not mean a lot if we don't back it up with a win at Stoke," he told City's website.

"Stoke is one of the most intimidating and loudest grounds we visit in this country and it is never an easy place to go and win. We have to be at our absolute best."