Micah Richards was the butt of the jokes for the second time on the trot – however he took it in trademark trend.
The previous Manchester City defender has develop into one of many nation’s most beloved pundits, not just for his analytical data however for his infectious character. And the latter was firmly on show on Wednesday night time, as Peter Schmeichel poked enjoyable at his taking part in profession.
Richards was showing as a part of CBS Sports activities’ Champions League protection, becoming a member of presenter Kate Abdo, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher, Arsenal icon Thierry Henry and from pitch facet at Stamford Bridge, Schmeichel.
“Over right here is Clarence Seedorf…he’s gained the Champions League 4 instances, with three totally different golf equipment. Nesta with AC Milan – he’s gained it twice with AC Milan. After which I take a look at Gianfranco Zola, who’s an absolute legend and hero right here at Chelsea Soccer Membership. And he’s a bit like Micah…he’s by no means gained it!”
Schmeichel was after all within the United objective once they gained Europe’s greatest prize in 1999, whereas Carragher and Henry lifted the Champions League with Liverpool and Barcelona respectively. Carragher, who additionally works with Richards on Sky Sports activities, could possibly be heard roaring with laughter as Schmeichel spoke – properly earlier than the punchline even got here.
It’s not the primary time Richards’ honours listing has come up both. Kate Abdo earned fun or two when she kicked off Tuesday night time’s programme by introducing the studio pundits.
“[I’m] Joined by the Champions League winner with Barcelona Thierry Henry, Champions League winner with Liverpool Jamie Carragher and the person with 5 appearances within the Champions League Micah Richards,” she mentioned.
Richards once more noticed the humorous facet, laughing and replying: “That’s chilly blooded that’s, Kate,” earlier than including: “”We had been a brand new crew. For those that would do it now, we had been constructing them foundations.”
Richards was compelled to retire from skilled soccer in 2019, aged simply 31. The previous England full-back “burst onto the scene” with Metropolis as a young person and was a part of the squad which gained their first ever Premier League title in 2013.
He then made his Champions League debut within the Allianz Enviornment as Metropolis misplaced 2-0 to Bayern again in 2011. His time competing in Europe’s prime membership competitors would come to an finish when he left his boyhood membership completely in 2015, heading to Aston Villa after a mortgage spell at Fiorentina, having struggled to ascertain himself as first-choice on the Etihad.