Manchester City left-back Gael Clichy is targeting success in both the Premier League and Europa League this season, as his side look to win an historic double.

City face Sporting Lisbon in the last-16 of the Europa League after comfortably coming through as 6-1 aggregate winners against fellow Portuguese side Porto in the last round.

 

Currently two points clear of rivals Manchester United at the top of the Premier League, Clichy said the Europa League will not become an unnecessary distraction for his team as the title chase heats up.

The 26-year-old Frenchman said: "At the start of the season we were in four competitions and now it's only two and we have to go for it. With the players we have, we can do it - it won't be easy but we have a fair chance if we go step by step."

Clichy, a £7 million summer signing from Arsenal, admits that competition at the Eithad Stadium is intense and the Frenchman has had to accept a limited role as Roberto Mancini rotates his left-back with Aleksandar Kolarov.

Clichy said: "You know when you sign for City the competition is there. I would like to play in every game but the important thing is to win the title and the Europa League and it's great when someone brings something to the team."

City travel to the Portuguese capital for the game against Sporting on Thursday evening, before travelling to south Wales to play Swansea at the Liberty Stadium over the weekend.

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