MANCHESTER — Defender Gael Clichy called on Manchester City to put their disappointments this season behind them and focus on the FA Cup.
Pep Guardiola’s first season in charge has seen City out of the title race and the Champions League before April in a tough baptism to English football for the former Barcelona manager.
All is not lost for the campaign, though, the race for the top four is very much alive and City take on Arsenal in the FA Cup semifinal tomorrow.
A winner of the competition over a decade ago with the Gunners, Clichy knows how prestigious a trophy it is to win and reckons claiming that silverware would be a big deal for the year, reported Manchester Evening News.
“I love football, I love to be on the pitch, I love to train, I’m a hard-working guy and I love this,” he said.
“In the end, the only thing that matters for us is to get through to the final and lift the trophy for the fans.
“A team like Manchester City of course you expect them to fight for the Champions League, you expect them to be close for the title race.
“But in the end, the FA Cup is a major trophy in England, people love this competition and, of course, we are going to try hard to get it done.”