After only wrapping up the title in the five minutes of injury time in the final game of the season, it’s no surprise to hear that some of Manchester City’s players want to experience a much more comfortable 2012/13 campaign. Blues full back Gael Clichy is one of those, with the former Arsenal man stating that he would much prefer to win the Premier League with several games to spare rather than how it was done this term.
The 26-year-old said, “It was a lot of effort and a great season. Many people are saying that it was the greatest season in the history of the Premier League, with all the turnarounds and the dramatic finale. This year it was very intense, as it went down to the last kick in the last few seconds. People love it when a situation turns around like that. But if someone gave me the chance to win the title next year with a five-point gap, I’d take it straight away. It’s better for the nerves.”
Having moved from rivals Arsenal in a £7m deal last summer, it would be fair to describe Clichy’s first season at the Etihad Stadium has highly successful. In total, he made thirty seven appearances, thus making himself as the first choice left back despite initial competition from Aleksandar Kolarov. Moreover, he was one of the few City players who had past experience of winning the Premier League title, having experienced the same feat just several years ago in Arsenal’s colours.
It would appear as though Clichy’s place at City is safe for the time being, with Roberto Mancini understood to be looking at strengthening his attacking options this summer. There were times when he bemoaned his side’s ability to convert chances and if he can recruit players to improve these situations, perhaps City will meet Clichy’s wishes and retain their title in much more comfortable fashion next term.