Micah Richards prefers Kylian Mbappe to Erling Haaland

Micah Richards chooses Kylian Mbappe over Erling Haaland due to his ‘all-round game’ after both forwards star in the Champions League again… with Jamie Carragher joking his CBS co-pundit has ‘jeopardized’ his ambassador role at Man City

  • Micah Richards chose Kylian Mbappe after an ultimatum from his colleagues
  • The former Manchester City defended preferred Mbappe over Erling Haaland 
  • Both scored as their respective sides won on Champions League matchday two
  • Richards did say that he would take Haaland in the City side over the Frenchman 

Former Manchester City star Micah Richards celebrated Erling Haaland’s majestic winner vs. Dortmund in the Champions League but did admit he would take Kylian Mbappe in a hypothetical soccer pick ’em.   

Both Mbappe and Haaland scored on an action-packed matchday two of the Champions League as PSG and Manchester City completed comeback wins. 

During CBS Sports’ postgame coverage, Richards was asked which of the strikers he would pick. 

Naturally, with such an ambiguous question, the Englishman sought clarification. 

Micah Richards was in fine form following Manchester City’s dramatic victory over Dortmund

‘What we talking about? All-round game?’ 

Rebuffed and asked to simply pick one or the other, Richards settled for the homegrown Paris Saint-Germain striker.  

‘I would still take Mbappe,’ Richards admitted. ‘Because I love Mbappe, I love the way he moves.’ 

Instantly, fellow pundit Jamie Carragher jumped in, looking to create mischief.   

Carragher smugly asked; ‘So you don’t like Manchester City’s Erling Haaland?’    

Erling Haaland scored a sensational winner against his former club as they came-from-behind

‘I didn’t say that,’ Richards rebuked. ‘I just said I prefer Mbappe.’

Richards stopped short of taking Mbappe over Haaland in every circumstance, admitting the former Borussia Dortmund star is a far better fit for Pep Guardiola’s side.

Carragher posed the question; ‘so, you’d rather Mbappe play Man City than Haaland?’

‘No, not in this system,’ Richards replied. ‘Not in this system.’ 

Kylian Mbappe also starred for his club, PSG, as they defeated Israeli club Maccabi Haifa 3-1

‘As a number 9, Haaland in Man City’s team I would prefer him, but all-round game, Mbappe.’  

Haaland was the talk of the studio following his 84th minute winner against the Bundesliga club but Richards pumped the breaks on him continuing at his current scoring rate.

‘Let’s not talk him up too much. I think he can be that superstar but he’s had his injury problems as well. 

‘It’s not realistic. is it?

Haaland has produced a freakish start to life with the reigning Premier League champions

Richards played 179 times for the reigning Premier League champions between 2005-15, scoring six goals for the Etihad Stadium club. 

He is also an ambassador for the club, and has been in the role for several years. 

Carragher continued to troll his sparring partner once off-air, tweeting that his position may not be so safe following his comments. 

‘Micah Richards putting his #ManCity ambassador role in jeopardy!’ 

Haaland’s wondergoal was born out of his ability to launch himself almost parallel to the sky, sticking out a lunging foot to poke the ball home.  

‘I’ve always wondered what’s he doing,’ Carragher said of Haaland’s acrobatic attempts. 

Lionel Messi (L), Mbappe (C) and Neymar (R) all scored as the Parisians left Israel with a win

‘But that’s why he’s doing it because he’s got a brilliant ability, you know, great spring when he’s in the air, very acrobatic and a special goal by a special player.’

Thierry Henry knows a thing or two about goal scoring and weighed in with his expert thoughts on the unique approach, only rivaled by a fellow Nordic giant. 

‘On this particular occasion, he had to do it but sometimes he doesn’t have to jump and get balls but he does it.

The Norwegian refused to celebrate in a sign of respect to his former employers in Dortmund

Zlatan used to do it, also and still does it. They go with their feet in the air and try to finish but the ball of Cancelo please let’s talk about it.’

Carragher, playing the jokester again, piped up; ‘do you think Mbappe could’ve scored it?’

Henry answered emphatically and factually, ‘no, but he created and scored tonight.’ 

Richards was a great servant to the Manchester club during a decade-long spell from 2005-15

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