City confidence key for Clichy


Gael Clichy admits confidence remains sky-high in the Manchester City camp despite their exit from the Champions League.

The French full-back arrived at the Etihad Stadium in the summer from Arsenal, and is preparing for a return to the capital tonight when the league-leaders visit Chelsea.

With a 14-game unbeaten run behind them, the Citizens are understandably expecting to get a positive result at Stamford Bridge, with three points the only thing on Clichy's mind.

"The next two fixtures are really important, they are huge. They are the type of games that as a player you want to play and train every day for," he told Manchester City TV online.

"If we come out with four points, that would be great, but of course we are aiming for the six points. We know we are capable of doing anything against any team.

"We will be going to Chelsea with the idea of three points. We will try to give our best shot because we can do it if we are serious and focused."

With Aleksandar Kolarov out through injury, Clichy is enjoying a run of games in Roberto Mancini's side, and has made ten Barclays Premier League appearances this term.

After scoring 48 goals at an average of over three-a-game, all the stats show City are the team to beat, and the defender knows everyone is out to beat his side this term.

"Every team now wants to be the first team to make City lose because we haven't lost a game yet," he added.

"And we have just had a team (Norwich) that came standing 10 men behind the ball and trying to get a draw with set-pieces and counter-attack.

"We are aware of this and so far we have managed to do well. We just have to keep on working like this and hopefully it will be fine."

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