Manchester City defender Micah Richards believes his side's Community Shield defeat to Manchester United will serve as a wake-up call to them.
The FA Cup winners surrendered a 2-0 half-time lead to lose 3-2 at Wembley, with Nani completing the comeback for United in stoppage time.
Richards told reporters. “As much as it pains me to say it, United were the better team. It was a bit of a wake-up call for us, people know what we can do but maybe we got a little bit ahead of ourselves.”
He added: “We just didn’t seem to get going. We didn’t really seem to create much even though we went 2-0 up before half-time.
“I didn’t think it was like a usual derby. There were no flying tackles.”
Richards’ fellow City and England defender Joleon Lescott, whose glancing header opened the scoring for City at Wembley, shares a similar view to his team-mate.
“It might help us keep our feet on the ground because we’re not at the level we think,” Lescott told reporters.
“There’s a long way to go. The game was important but it’s not the be-all and end-all of our season.
“It won’t affect us negatively. We can take a defeat on the chin and we won’t dwell on it, like we don’t dwell on our victories too much.”