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Clichy: Newcastle performance sets the standard

FANTASTIC FOUR: Newcastle suffered an opening day defeat in 2013/14, too, as Manuel Pellegrini's reign got off to a great start with a 4-0 win.

FANTASTIC FOUR: Newcastle suffered an opening day defeat in 2013/14, too, as Manuel Pellegrini's reign got off to a great start with a 4-0 win.

Gael Clichy has called on his teammates to replicate their devastating Monday night showing throughout this Barclays Premier League campaign.

City turned in a performance of the highest quality in the 4-0 win over Newcastle United in their opening game which the French defender is eager to build upon.

The 28-year old believes that it’s time the Blues took their best form on the road with them away from the Etihad Stadium – starting at Cardiff on Sunday.

“That's what happens when you start the game really well,” Gael said, “It was a good performance defensively and offensively and hopefully we can carry on like this. It was a great game.

“It is the first game at home, the fans are here and they want to see us work hard.

“We did work hard during the whole pre-season and that is what the manager wants from us. Away from home it will be more difficult but it is a good way of starting the season.

“When you play for a team like City, Arsenal, Chelsea, you have to play week in, week out the best football you can.

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“No matter if United or Chelsea had drawn their games, or where they’re playing tomorrow, what is better for us is the three points. We are going to play like this from today to the last game.”

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Fernandinho and Jesus Navas both made immediate impacts on their City debuts, earning rave reviews from supporters and pundits alike.

Clichy joined the appreciation for the new boys, reserving special praise for Fernandinho after his impressive all-action display.

“He is a Brazilian but he has been in Europe for eight years,” Clichy stated, “He played at Shakhtar which is a great team that plays good football.

“If you are a good player, of course you need time to adjust - but the better you are the quicker you will settle in a team. From the first day in training Fernandinho showed us that he was ready.

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“I am pleased for him and pleased for us. Negredo should have had a goal today, Navas is fantastic and you have young Stevan, who is coming in as well.

“We had a great team last year and those signings are going to bring more to the team - hopefully we can keep playing like this.”

"Last season was last season - it has gone. There is nothing we can do about it but it is always nice to start the season they way we did it, in front of the fans as well. 

"It was a great performance from the strikers to the defenders and we cannot ask for more."




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