City are back in business

Date published: 05 January 2017

GAEL Clichy believes Manchester City can get themselves back on track after their hard-fought win over Burnley.

City ground out a 2-1 victory over the battling Clarets despite playing almost two-thirds of the game with 10 men following another Fernandinho red card.

Brazil midfielder Fernandinho was dismissed for a third time in six appearances, but City prevailed after a rare strike from Clichy and a fine effort from Sergio Aguero, who had unexpectedly started on the bench.

Clichy (above) said: "The three points were needed after the loss at Liverpool and I think we showed great character to win the game, being 10 against 11. The points are huge.


"We have to look forward and make those kind of performances as a team and hopefully we can have a great season."

Fernandinho acquired City's seventh red card of the season - including one issued retrospectively - for a two-footed lunge on Johann Berg Gudmundsson and will now serve a four-match ban.

Clichy said: "It was one of those days where everything is against you and we worked hard to make sure we got the three points.

"It was a weird game. Red card maybe, but some decisions were just not what you can expect.

"The boss told us at half-time not to think about what was going on outside football and some decisions, just play and try to get that goal that will make us feel better. I think we did.

"The last 20 minutes were hard after they scored that goal, and were playing long balls, but overall I think it was a great performance from the team."