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Manchester City were ‘beaten by the better team’, admits Micah Richards after Ajax leapfrog slack Blues

By Dean Wilkins

Micah Richards admitted that Manchester City ‘crumbled’ under the pressure against Ajax after letting their lead slip in Amsterdam last night.

Samir Nasri fired the Blues into the lead midway through the first-half but eventually succumbed to three goals from the Dutch champions as they were outplayed and morally beaten in Holland.

With an favourable result in the other Group D tie – Borussia Dortmund powering themselves to the top of the group with a 2-1 victory over Real Madrid – City are now rock bottom of the table with just one point.

“We’ve been beaten by a very good Ajax team but we should have done much better,” said Richards.

“When we went a goal up in the first-half they were probably the better team, but in the second period, we just crumbled.  We are all very disappointed.”

With a defeat and draw opening their second Champions League campaign, the Blues fullback admitted that they thought their European success would kickstart with back-to-back wins against Ajax.

But their run in Europe’s elite competition is all but over, but the Premier League champions will not go out without a fight.

“We knew this was going to be a tough group but, with all respect to Ajax, I really thought we’d come here, win this game and really get our Champions League campaign up and running,” Richards added.

“We’re not out of it yet, but it will be really difficult. We’ll get back on the training ground, start again and try and work out where we went wrong.

“We have Ajax again in a fortnight and we need to make sure we win and see where that takes us – that’s the best we can do, now.”

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