Clichy feeling strong and raring to go
- 05 January 2016 12:00
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
Gael Clichy says he’s feeling strong and ready to challenge for a run of games in the first team.
The City left-back has endured an injury-ravaged campaign due to a medial ligament problem that kept him out of the first three months of the season.
He returned against Juventus in November and has since played against Borussia Monchengladbach and Hull City, though a minor set-back kept him out of the City's games over the festive period.
“I had a really bad season at Arsenal a few years back with the same injury so while this has been bad, I’ve had worse,” said Clichy.
“It’s part of football, we’re used to it and you have to look at the positives and for me, that was being able to work on my fitness a lot in the gym and spend a lot of time with our guys in the medical team who are unbelievable.
“Now I feel a lot stronger. I’m just waiting for my chance to get a run of games under my belt because obviously the more you play, the sharper you get.”
Back in full training again, the City left-back is hoping to feature in Wednesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final, first leg against Everton.
With two more games against the Toffees to follow before the end of the month, both sides will be very familiar with each other by the time January is over.
Clichy revealed he’s played three games against the same club this close together a couple of times before.
He said: “This happened a couple of times when I was with Arsenal and I think we played the same team three times in the league and Carling Cup for three years in a row.
“Now we face Everton three times in three weeks and we’re up against a side who have amazing quality all over the pitch and we know we are going to have three difficult games and the more players we have available for those matches the better.
“We are playing three games a week which is very demanding and this is why we need as many players as possible. As regards how we approach these matches, as a player, we’ll do what the manager wants us to do and ultimately it’s up to him whether or not we go into each game the same or differently.
They have a striker in Romelu Lukaku is in terrific form. I’ve played against him a few times in the last few years but it’s all down to confidence
“You can see whenever the team gets the ball, they are looking for him. Belief and confidence allows you to express yourself, and that’s what can make a good player into an amazing player.
“Everton is always a difficult place to go. Like Stoke, Everton were always a hard-working team, concentrating on set-pieces and you knew you were in for a tough 90 minutes.
“Now, they have great quality throughout the team as well so it’s not just a battle anymore, it’s a battle plus quality. At Goodison Park, with their fans behind them – some of the best in the country I believe – we’re in for a tough game on Merseyside and two hard games at the Etihad.”