Man City defender Richards urges Boyata not to dwell on red card

Manchester City defender Micah Richards has told rookie defender Dedryck Boyata not to beat himself up over his fifth-minute red card against Arsenal.

Manchester City defender Micah Richards has told rookie defender Dedryck Boyata not to beat himself up over his fifth-minute red card against Arsenal.

Boyata, 19, saw red for a foul on Marouane Chamakh and left City facing an uphill task.

Richards said: "Dedryck just mistimed the tackle, there was no malice in it.

"He can look at Sunday's bench and be proud he got selected ahead of some experienced players. He can be a top defender.

"We know we are a good side and so do Arsenal and Chelsea and every other team.

"Everything is coming together nicely in the Premier League and in the Europa League."