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Clichy says Blues are peaking at the perfect time

  • 01 February 2016 11:00
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Gael Clichy believes City could be hitting peak form at exactly the right time.

The Blues ended an impressive January with a 4-0 win at Aston Villa on Saturday and now travel to Sunderland - another side struggling near the foot of the table and Clichy believes focus is the key to continuing the recent run.

“It's been a very good few days,” said Clichy. “We know we can play against any team and win against any team - it's just a matter of being focused from the first to the last minute.

“It was a good game on Saturday because we rotated a little bit to make the team fresher for the game against Sunderland.

“Everyone's pleased with the way we played and we didn't concede a goal which is really important, and we can move forward in the Premier League now.

“At this stage of the season, whether you play the team at the top of the table or the team at the bottom, it's still for three points.

“Three points against Sunderland would be just as important if not more important than a win against a top four team.

“We take every game at a time, and hopefully we will take three points because if we want to achieve a great season, we have to win as many points as possible.

“We've have a few days to rest but I'm sure we'll be ready. The Premier League is a tough and anywhere you go brings a difficult game.

Sunderland have some new players now but with the quality of players we have, if we are focused from start to finish, I don't see many teams winning against us

...Clichy #22...

Clichy believes February will be the Blues’ make or break month with huge games in all four competitions to come.

With matches against Leicester and Spurs to come in the league, the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 against Kyiv and the Capital One Cup final this month, City face a gruelling schedule of high-profile games – four of which are away from home.

“Of course, football is not always that easy but if we have the right attitude, we should have a great season,” Clichy opined.

“Many people say February is when the life of a top player starts - the Champions League is back, we have the League Cup final, we're still in the FA Cup and there are of course Premier League games.

“It's getting interesting and hopefully, we can go on to play as we have been doing over the last few games. I think we've been really solid defensively, which I think is really important.

“If we are solid at the back, we have the players upfront who can score so let's try to keep it simple and realistic.

“As I say, at the end of May, hopefully, we will look back on what has been a great season.”

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