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Richard Jolly profile picture Posted by Richard Jolly
Aug 20, 2013

Gael Clichy hails City newcomers

Gael Clichy believes Fernandinho and Jesus Navas showed on their debuts how they could take Manchester City to the next level.

Fernandinho slotted comfortably into Man City's central midfield on his Premier League bow.
Fernandinho impressed as Man City strolled in their season opener.

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The Brazilian midfielder and the Spanish winger started and starred in City’s 4-0 win over Newcastle on Monday.

Fernandinho, who cost £30 million from Shakhtar Donetsk, and Navas, a £14.9 million recruit from Sevilla, are two of City’s four summer signings, along with strikers Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo, who came off the bench and had a goal disallowed.

And left-back Clichy was impressed with the newcomers, saying: "Fernandinho’s Brazilian but he's been in Europe for eight years. He played for Shakhtar which is a great team, they play great football. He's a good player.

"Of course you need time to adjust but the better you are the quicker you will settle into the team. From the first day in training he showed us that he was ready. I'm pleased for him and pleased for us.

 

"Negredo should have had a goal, Navas is fantastic. We had a great team last year and the new signings are going to bring some more and hopefully we can keep going."

Clichy feels City showed the style of football that new manager Manuel Pellegrini wants to play.

He added: "When you play for a team like City you always want the three points. His idea is to play attractive football, to score goals and create chances. It was a great performance from the strikers to the defenders and we cannot ask for more. But at the end of the day the most important thing is three points."

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