Manchester City loanee Micah Richards impresses in Fiorentina win

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Manchester City's Micah Richards was Fiorentina's standout defender in their weekend draw.

Manchester City defender Micah Richards took the bold step to head to Italy on loan this summer to relaunch his career.

With Bacary Sagna arriving at The Etihad, Richards was pushed further down the pecking order, and agreed a loan to Fiorentina.

Richards started in Fiorentina's 1-1 draw at Torino on Sunday, and admitted after the game he felt he has plenty of adjustment to do.

"Italian football is much more tactical, I'm trying to improve and learn," he told firenzeviola.it.

The Englishman was however Fiorentina's star defender in the Serie A contest, showing so in several regards.

He was the only one of the back four to register a shot on target, and the only one to create a goalscoring chance for a teammate.

Richards won four aerial duels, whereas his fellow defenders, including former City centre-back Stefan Savic, did not win a single one combined.

No Fiorentina defender bettered his two interceptions, while his two successful tackles were only outdone by left-back Manuel Pasquale's three.

Completing 90 per cent of his passes, again bettered by no other Fiorentina defender, Richards showed he could be relied on to keep possession in a tough away match despite his forays forward from right-back.

The 26-year-old was making only his first Serie A start, and certainly did enough to merit more. His progress will be fascinating to track over the course of the season, before he makes a longer term decision on his future at the end of the year.

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