Richards hints some teammates must behave better away from the pitch.
"Look, the team spirit is as good as ever at City," he told the Daily Mail.
"I should know. I have been in that dressing room for years. But I know where you are coming from. If I pick up a paper four times in a week, then three of those times I will see a story about City that we could do without. When you are trying to focus on one thing - winning the league - then this is hard. We don't need it.
"There are certain things around our club that wouldn't happen at other clubs. Well, they might but if they did then nobody would know. If something happens with us, it's in the paper every day and that can make it seem like it's a constant battle. Things happen at every club. But at City we don't help ourselves. We are the only club who have a training ground that allows the paparazzi to take pictures of training over the fence. Why is that?
"Everyone has done a fantastic job so far. To be even competing with United is great but at our club certain things always seem to happen. Do these things cause us to lose a game? No, but they certainly don't help us to win any."