City responded from last weekend's loss to Manchester United by beating Newcastle United 3-1 on Saturday and left-back Clichy feels it is time to forget about last season's glory and worry about the job at hand.
"The only thing we have been missing this year is probably a bit of spirit," he said.
"From last season, people expect more from us - our fans, ourselves. Last season was a great season, but like the manager says, we have to put it behind us and start to work.
"This could be an example for everyone because the work-rate was unbelievable, from the players up front to the defenders. That's the spirit we have to have.
"We know the quality is there. We do not have a problem with scoring.
"We have seen it since the beginning of the season that we can score against any team, any time.
"But we just need this extra fighting spirit and on Saturday, we had it."