Manchester City must beat Stoke – Micah Richards

Chelsea win will mean nothing if we don't beat Stoke, warns City defender Richards

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12:18 GMT, 23 March 2012

Micah Richards has demanded his Manchester City team-mates forget about their stunning midweek win over Chelsea and concentrate on tackling Stoke.

Samir Nasri scored in the dying minutes on Wednesday to seal a thrilling comeback at the Etihad Stadium and keep City's title challenge on track.

But Richards claims that will mean nothing if Roberto Mancini's men slip up at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

Relief: Manchester City beat Chelsea to close the gap on Manchester United

Relief: Manchester City beat Chelsea to close the gap on Manchester United

'Three points against Chelsea will not mean a lot if we don’t back it up with a win at Stoke,' he told the club's official 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.'

Richards who, in absence of both Joleon Lescott and Vincent Kompany, was deployed at centre half against Chelsea, is more than willing to continue in that role.

'The manager will decide when and where I play and I will get on with it,' he added.

Filling in: Micah Richards (right) played at centre-back against Chelsea

Filling in: Micah Richards (right) played at centre-back against Chelsea

'We have a great squad of players here and we will all play our part between now and the end of the season, I am sure of that.'

Richards also hailed the impact of the returning Carlos Tevez who came off the bench to set up Nasri's winner in his first game for six months.

'It was really good that Carlos Tevez came back and that most people got right behind him. He can be inspirational and I am sure that like all the players he will have his say between now and the end of the season,' he said.

'We felt we showed great tenacity against Chelsea, we showed everyone what fight and belief there is in this team; now we have to show that nine more times.'