Manchester City's Micah Richards Questions Tactics After Ajax Loss (Video)

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterOctober 25, 2012

Wednesday was a weird night in the UEFA Champions League.

In London, Arsenal were spanked at home by Schalke (setting up an intriguing annual general meeting on Thursday). In Germany, Borussia Dortmund edged Real Madrid 2-1 (and while that wasn't totally a shock, it was still entertaining to watch that pitch invader approach Cristiano Ronaldo and try to "swap" shirts).

But the biggest surprise probably came in Amsterdam, where Ajax outclassed big-spending Manchester City in a 3-1 victory.

How surprising was it? In cases like these, it's often best to let Twitter explain.

It warms the cockles of my heart that Manchester City were beaten by Ajax. €200 million vs €4.4 million.

— Colm Tobin (@colmtobin) October 25, 2012

That's right. Plucky Ajax really took it to big, bad, free-spending Manchester City. Score one for the little guys.

(Actually, it's fair to point out that Ajax have won the European Cup/Champions League four times to Manchester City's zero. But you get the point. Big spending = bad. Responsible spending = er, responsible.)

Anyway, English defender Micah Richards is one of the players from big, bad free-spending City (he actually came through their youth system). And in the video above, Richards lets us all know how he felt about the tactics used in Wednesday's loss.

Hint: Not much.

Here's a sneak preview: "The players just want to play. It's a hard system because we're not used to it. I think the players prefer a 4-4-2, but he's the manager and we'll do what he says."

There's more where that came from. Enjoy—it's the B/R World Football Video of the Day.

For manager Roberto Mancini's views on the game (coincidentally, his thoughts were pretty much the same), click here.

(h/t 101 Great Goals)