Manchester City can win title, says Clichy

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Manchester City defender Gael Clichy believes this year's squad is stronger than the group that won the title two years ago.

The French left-back has hailed the impact of new manager Manuel Pellegrini and the summer signings he has brought in.

City spent heavily once again to attract Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo from La Liga outfit Sevilla as well as bringing in Stevan Jovetic and Fernandinho.

Pellegrini replaced Roberto Mancini, who paid the price for a poor title defence coupled with FA Cup final defeat and a continued poor record in the Champions League.

“New players have joined the team and we also have a new coach, so we have all the ingredients to win the title again,” Clichy told the Manchester Evening News.

“This is not only a question about the number we have, but it is also a question of mental strength. We can do it, we want to do it, and we’ll try anything, but at the moment we have to wait to see what will happen throughout the season.

“Having a new coach is the most important thing because everybody wants to work hard to show they all deserve a place in the squad.

“Of course, we had a great team two years ago and also last year and now, with four new players who have just arrived, we have an even better group.

“There are some great qualities in our team – Jesus Navas, Fernandinho is working really hard in midfield, and up front we have Negredo and Stevan Jovetic, who are really talented players.

“So overall, I think the team has a good balance. We just have to work, listen to what the coach wants us to do and the success we can bring the trophy to the club at the end of the season.”

Clichy joined City from Premier League rivals Arsenal back in 2011 for around £7m and was a key-part of the Citizens title success in his first season.

So far this term, the Manchester club have recorded two wins against Hull City and Newcastle but suffered a disapointing loss to Cardiff City.

The 17-cap Frenchman, Clichy, has gone on to make 56 appearances at the Etihad Stadium but is yet to register a goal.

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