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We must be more clinical says Clichy

CLICHY STRIKE: A rare goal for Gael at Swansea

CLICHY STRIKE: A rare goal for Gael at Swansea

Gael Clichy says City need to kill teams off and be more clinical to avoid dropping more points at home.

The Blues had numerous chances to score more goals against Everton and Middlesbrough and could have edged victory over Southampton with better finishing and the stats back the French defender up.

In those three games, City have 58 shots, 18 of which were on target - but just three resulted in goals.

“It’s just the way some matches go when you have chances to score and don’t take them,” said Clichy.

“At 1-0 you are susceptible to a set-piece, penalty or any kind of mistake so I think we just need to learn how to kill the game when necessary because against Middlesbrough it was a bad goal to concede, especially so late in the game and we need to do better.

“We’ve dropped two more points at home but we should remember that this is not the end of the world, the season has really only just started and there are many games still to play.

“We have so much quality within our squad and for sure, when we start being more ruthless as a team then we can kick on again.

“The result against Barcelona showed what we are capable of when we are at our best, while Middlesbrough had two clear chances and scored one goal so as a defence, we need to make sure are much stronger and, when needed, find a way to close out the game.

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“If we are two or three goals ahead in the closing moments the game is finished, so we need to keep working hard, progressing and I’m certain we will do that as the season goes forward.”

First Team News

John Stones fitness update

BALL CARRIER: Stones brings the ball out of defence in typically composed fashion

City defender John Stones took part in an individual recovery session at England’s St George’s Park on Tuesday.

Reports that the City star had suffered an injury were wide of the mark.

Media Watch

Aguero welcomes Gabriel Jesus arrival

GOALS GALORE: Sergio Aguero is looking forward to playing alongside Gabriel Jesus.

With players fulfilling their media commitments, there’s no shortage of press reports to pick through during the international break.

Today it’s the turn of Sergio Aguero, who has been speaking to Argentine newspaper Ole, whilst away with La Alibceleste.


Otamendi reveals City’s dressing-room DJs

SOUTH AMERICA BOYS: Chile's Claudio Bravo and Argentina's Nicolas Otamendi

Nicolas Otamendi and Sergio Aguero are City’s resident dressing room DJs…and it’s no surprise that there’s a strong Latin American influence to their music choices!

Man City defender Nicolas Otamendi interview