Manchester City can beat anyone insists Gael Clichy

 

Manchester City defender Gael Clichy claims the team are confident of beating anybody.

City face a stern test of their Barclays Premier League title credentials as they travel to Chelsea tonight and then host Clichy's former club Arsenal next week.

But after starting their season with a 14-game unbeaten run, City are not fearing any opposition, according to Clichy.

The Frenchman told City TV: "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.

"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."

City may have suffered a setback as they went out of the Champions League last week but domestically they have been almost untouchable.

Roberto Mancini's men have scored a remarkable 48 goals in their 14 league games and can restore a five-point advantage at the top with victory at Stamford Bridge.

Clichy, set to continue at left-back tonight with Aleksandar Kolarov out injured, said: "Every team now wants to be the first team to make City lose because we haven't lost a game yet.

"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."

Clichy, 26, also feels City have become an easy target for detractors because of the cost of assembling their star-studded squad but the mood in the camp remains relaxed.

He said: "It is easy from the outside to say we are a club and a team based on money, buying the quality we have.

"Of course, but we have a great atmosphere in the team. The lads are amazing."

Clichy feels he has settled well at the Etihad Stadium since joining City from Arsenal in a relatively cheap £7million deal in the summer.

He said: "I feel I am improving game after game. That is why I came to City and I want to win trophies.

"I am going to try my best to bring something to the team and hopefully to bring something to the fans."

Pablo Zabaleta is likely to play at right-back tonight with Micah Richards ruled out after a calf injury.

PA

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