CLICHY RUES SEASON
Gael Clichy has said that the last season was one of the worst for Manchester City because they failed to win any title.
Manchester City had entered the last season as defending Premier League Champions and the expectations were high from them, but, they couldn’t live up to it.
They were knocked out from the first phase of the Champions League. In the Premier League, they ended at no. 2 in the points table with only 78 points in 38 matches and then, in the final of the FA Cup, they were defeated by Wigan Athletic by 0-1.
The City owners weren’t too amused with the performance of the team throughout the season and they decided to sack the manager Roberto Mancini. The former Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini has replaced Mancini.
When asked about City’s performance in the last season, Clichy said, “It was a horrible season for us. We let so many people down with our performance. We had a chance to end the season on a high note by winning the FA Cup, but, we couldn’t do that either.”
“But, we have to move on now. I am really hopeful about the next season. We will have to start the season well because that sets the tone. In the last season, we had a sloppy start and we never managed to be back on track.”
When asked if the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson will affect Manchester United adversely, Clichy said, “Ferguson hasn’t left United. He is still there as director. He will be helping David Moyes. Also, they have the same team. So, I don’t think Manchester United would be weaker.”
Clichy has been playing for Manchester City since the last couple of seasons. He had joined the club in July 2011 after leaving Arsenal. He has so far featured for City in 56 games and hasn’t scored any goal.