Roberto Mancini critical of Micah Richards fitness

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini on the touchline during the match against Wigan on April 17, 2013
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Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini criticises Micah Richards for his performance during Wednesday's victory over Wigan Athletic in the Premier League.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has criticised Micah Richards for his display during Wednesday's 1-0 win over Wigan Athletic in the Premier League.

The defender made his first start in six months for the Blues following a serious knee injury.

However, Mancini believes that the full-back should have been in better physical shape for the match at the Etihad Stadium.

"I think that he needs to work a lot," the Italian told reporters. "I am happy because he comes back to play but I thought that he was in better form.

"After six months, though, it is impossible to play well for 70 minutes. He was tired but it is important that he came back to play."

City are back in action on Sunday when they make the trip to Tottenham Hotspur.

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini on the touchline during the FA Cup 5th round match against Leeds on February 17, 2013
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