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Clichy: Man City can take leaf out of Chelsea's book

Manchester City defender Gael Clichy believes he and his teammates can learn a lot from Chelsea.

The Blues took another step towards the Premier League title with an assured defensive display in their 0-0 draw with Arsenal on Sunday which prompted criticism from some sectors.

However, Chelsea proved that playing a tactical game in order to gain results in different situations works and Clichy felt that the reigning champions can take a leaf out of the Blues book.

"People are saying Jose Mourinho plays defensive football and his team doesn't like to attack," said full-back Clichy.

"They've won a lot of games by one goal, but at the end of the day you just look at the trophies.

"Sometimes in football you just need to be able to win games, even when you are not playing well.

"This season there have been times when we have lost games instead of maybe settling for a draw, whereas Chelsea have made sure that if they don't win their games, they don't lose them either.

"That has been the difference this year.

"The two games we played against them I think we played better than them, created more chances and had more possession, but on each occasion we shared the points.

"Our philosophy at this club is to play attractive football and score lots of goals, but at the same time you have to give credit where it's due and Chelsea have been the best team this season.

"If Chelsea needed five points to win the title and had to draw five games to be champions, they would get those five draws and do it.

"Probably no other team in the league could do that. So they must be doing something right."

Andrew Slevison
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