Sunday's FA Cup semi-final with Chelsea at Wembley does open up a route to what would be at least partial redemption.
"It's not a fantastic season because we want to win everything," Clichy told Daily Mail. "But in reality, to win one trophy every year is great for any club. Finishing second in the league is also a good achievement.
"In a way we (Chelsea and City) have been the same. City played amazing football and then lost or drew games we should have won; the same for Chelsea. But I think the last few games are going to be very important for both clubs. This is a huge game for both of us."