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Clichy backs under-fire Mancini

23 February 2013 14:19

Manchester City defender Gael Clichy insists it would be wrong for the club to sack manager Roberto Mancini.

City have failed to make an impact in the Champions League two seasons running and languish 12 points behind bitter rivals Manchester United in the English Premier League title race.

But Clichy, who was brought to Etihad Stadium by Mancini, believes the Italian deserves time for the success and three trophies he has already brought to the club.

"Only time will tell whether the club decides to sack him or keep him, but he's doing well," he told The Sun.

"It's the people above who decide — but I believe he can take us higher.

"He's the one who brought me here. Of course I'd like to see him stay. As a player you want to give your best for a manager like him.

"If you look at his record, he's the one who brought silverware to this club, the FA Cup, Community Shield, Premier League. You have to give credit where it's due."

Despite the FA Cup remaining the only likely piece of silverware for Manchester City this campaign, Clichy insists it is too easy to only consider the number of trophies won on a seasonal basis.

"It would be a big disappointment if we don't win anything because when you taste it, you want it every year," he said. "But it's not as simple as that.

"Last season United didn't win anything and this year they have come back strongly and it looks like they will win something.

"One year without a trophy is not a lot. If we don't win this year, then next season we don't compete for anything and so on for three or four years then it's different, but that's not the case. We need to stay calm.

"Being second and competing for the FA Cup is not too bad. The quality is there and I'm sure there is more to come from this team in years to come."

Although Manchester United are 12 points clear, Clichy still believes the gap can be closed, as he aims to look at last year's more difficult situation for inspiration.

"We still feel it is similar to the situation we had last year when they were eight points clear with six games to go." Clichy said.

"That was probably harder than now — 12 points with 12 to go. You can't feel that you can't win it at this stage."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
24 February 2013
Game week
27
Kick-off
14:30
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
2 - 0
Venue
Etihad Stadium (Manchester)
Attendance
47256

Goals

Y. Touré 63'
(assist by David Silva) 
1 - 0
C. Tévez 85'
(assist by David Silva) 
2 - 0

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
28 40'
22
5 43'
33
7
14
21
42 63'
17 29'
16
Coach: R. Mancini
# Player Bookings
1
3
24
2
4
8 52'
12
7 37'
17
29
10
Coach: Rafael Benítez

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
32 85'
6
8
10
11
13
30
# Player Bookings
13
11
9
22
28
34
26

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Premier League table

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