"Everyone is excited about the FA Cup," he said. "We are Man City and have to focus on every competition, so we are going to Middlesbrough to win.It's good news for him. Our squad looked bloated over the summer but a recent spate of injuries have made us very grateful for the depth. A few weeks ago Garrido looked miles away from the squad but he is probably the best candidate at left back now. Wayne Bridge is injured, and neither Sylvinho nor Pablo Zabaleta have looked comfortable there in recent weeks. Zabaleta may also be required to play right-back on Saturday (presuming Richards rather than Boyata or Mee partners Vincent Kompany at centre-back), and after his successful cameo at Molineux I would not be surprised if Zabaleta is deployed on the right of midfield again in the future. Particularly with that game at Old Trafford coming up - we don't want Richards exposed to a Fábio da Silva/Gabriel Obertan double-team down the wing.
"We have big players and need to do our best to go as far as possible...
"There are many games in January, which is different to Spain. Everywhere else stops for winter, but not here!" he said with a grin.
"It's great for footballers because there are many games and it's important for everyone to be ready. Nobody wants people injured but at the moment there are many injured players and that has opened the door for other players who don't get so many chances to play."
The most important thing, though, is Garrido's chance to atone for the 8-1 defeat at the same venue twenty months ago.