Vital Football

Latest Manchester City News

Clichy Running Into The Form Of His Life

Clichy Running Into The Form Of His Life

Roberto Mancini's cunning signing of Gael Clichy proved to be one of the revelations of last season and the quicksilver full back's star continues to rise...

The capture of the eloquent 26 year old from Arsenal last summer proved to be an absolute steal at £7 million as the Frenchman's storming overlapping runs and Premier League title chasing defensive savvy played a key role in City's stunning campaign.

It's clear that Clichy, not unlike many of his colleagues at City is approaching the peak of his powers with plenty more miles to go on the clock, benefitting from the fierce team spirit Mancio has instilled in his squad.

In France's friendly win over Serbia last night, he was outstanding and played his football on a different level to that of the deposed Patrice Evra who was woeful against Iceland a few days earlier.

French team manager Laurent Blanc remarked ahead of Clichy's fine performance:

'Gael Clichy has shown amazing form. He has played very well and, having won the Premier League with Manchester City, he is in a very positive frame of mind.'

The almost unanimous view in la Republique is that Clichy should start at left back for France at Euro 2012. England's right back in particular could be in for a torrid time.


TOGETHER



UPCOMING FIXTURES:
all times East Manchester

Fri 27 July Arsenal, Birds Nest Stadium, Beijing, Friendly
Su 12 August, Chelsea, Villa Park, Community Shield
Sa 18 August, To Be Confirmed, PL

PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES:

The 2012/13 Premier League season will kick off on Saturday, 18th August 2012. The Fixtures will be announced on Monday, 18th June, with the first set of television picks selected approximately 2-3 weeks later.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FIXTURES:

The draw for the 2012/13 Champions League Group Stage will take place in Monaco on Thursday, 30th August. The opening round of games will kick off in the week commencing Monday, 17th September.





Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Friday June 1 2012
Time: 2:36PM

Comments

0
One of the best bargain buys of last summer in the PL. He copped a lot of stick in his latter days at Arsenal but I would suggest the Arsenal fans were directing their ire at the wrong target. When you have good commanding centre backs it makes your full backs job so much easier.
Bluedub
01/06/2012 14:49:00
0
Let the Arsenal fans think what they want about him - City fans are just grateful (and lucky) to have him.
fifthcolumnblue
01/06/2012 15:11:00
0
He's a winner, you could see what the title meant to him as he hadn't won anything since 2004... Quality full back and one of the assists of the season for Aguero's goal vs Wolves. Shrewd buy Bobby.
rojo2010
01/06/2012 16:23:00
0
Clichy had a big hand in France's opener against Serbia. Terrific overlapping run and thumping cross the keeper could only parry out into Ribery's path. From what I saw last night any England old stagers are going to have to find an extra gear from somewhere on 11th June. According to spies who watched them training at the Etihad Hodgson wanted to see more long balls over the top.
Johnny Baguette
01/06/2012 17:21:00
0
An inspired signing indeed, it has been years since we had a left-back I didn't feel nervous watching. Mancini spent big on Kolarov to try and fix the problem but Kolarov can't defend very well and only threatens going forward. Clichy is simply superb defensively and has improved a lot going forward too. Near enough a perfect full-back for me, his performance against Newcastle second-to-last game where he dealt with the speedy Ben Arfa to perfection was one of the most complete full-back performances I've seen in a long time. He also marked Nani out of the 6-1.
StuMCFC
02/06/2012 02:20:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Manchester City Articles

(Video) Joe Hart vs James Milner

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart and ex-Manchester City midfielder James Milner have their friendship tested in a light-hearted manner as each player has a go...

Premier League 2016/17 Pre-Season Games

The Premier League may have published their 2016/17 fixture list but what about those of us who want to know about our respective club pre-season games.

VERY Latest On Nolito Deal

Speculation surrounding Celta Vigo's Nolito, aka Manuel Agudo Duran potential move to Manchester City has turned into a media frenzy.

Who Will Be The First Out Of The Door?

Our new Vital Manchester City front page poll question asks, 'out of the first team regulars, who will be sold first?'

Archived VMC Articles

VMC articles from

Site Journalists

Tudor
Editor email
Profile
Johnny Baguette
no email
Profile
Pedmachine
no email
Profile
Sedgie
no email
Profile
Skoorb
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Out of the first team regulars, who will be sold first?
Suggested By: Tudor
Joe Hart2%
Aleksandar Kolarov8%
Pablo Zabaleta5%
Bacary Sagna0%
Fabian Delph5%
Jesus Navas0%
Raheem Sterling8%
Yaya Toure8%
Wilfried Bony62%
Samir Nasri0%
Eliaquim Mangala2%
Gael Clichy0%
Pep will not sell anyone0%
Someone else0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Leicester City 38 23 12 3 81 32
2 Arsenal 38 20 11 7 71 29
3 Spurs 38 19 13 6 70 34
4 Man City 38 19 9 10 66 30
5 Man Utd 38 19 9 10 66 14
6 Southampton 38 18 9 11 63 18
7 West Ham 38 16 14 8 62 14
8 Liverpool 38 16 12 10 60 13
9 Stoke 38 14 9 15 51 -14
10 Chelsea 38 12 14 12 50 6
11 Everton 38 11 14 13 47 4
12 Swansea 38 12 11 15 47 -10
13 Watford 38 12 9 17 45 -10
14 WBA 38 10 13 15 43 -14
15 Crystal Palace 38 11 9 18 42 -12
16 AFC Bournemouth 38 11 9 18 42 -22
17 Sunderland 38 9 12 17 39 -14
R Newcastle 38 9 10 19 37 -21
R Norwich 38 9 7 22 34 -28
R Aston Villa 38 3 8 27 17 -49
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Manchester City Results (view all)

Manchester City Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Skoorb127
2.Rising124
3.Colin Is The King115
4.Tudor112
5.Bluedub84
6.Buzz Lightyear70
7.kennyclementstache55
8.citizhun35
9.johnkelv28
10.Chippy_Tea9