Clichy believes a combination of belief and good management is the reason behind Aston Villa’s return to form.
Villa look set to continue their path to survival with a Premier League fixture against Manchester City, and Clichy has told the official City website why he thinks that Tim Sherwood’s team have started an upwards path.
The French left-back said: “If you don’t give up and believe, eventually good things will come your way and that’s the way you have to be, so I’m not surprised they've turned their season around because they have the quality to be a Premier League side. The change of manager was just what was needed for them. I think Tim Sherwood did really well at Tottenham and he has carried on that good work and helped Villa.”
Villa have certainly found a sense of belief that did not exist in the latter days of Paul Lambert’s reign, and that has benefited not only the players’ mentalities, but the football being played too.
Rather than worrying so much about potentially conceding goals and the chances of a loss, Sherwood has his team playing with reckless abandon, and in their current state it looks like a fantastic system for the club.
After progressing to their first FA Cup Final since 2000, by defeating Liverpool 2-1 at the weekend, Villa are preparing to face City, and on current form should really believe they can take something out of the game.
City defeated West Ham last weekend, but are severely struggling with the expectation placed upon them, and Villa should enter the game riding high in the knowledge that they can attack Manuel Pellegrini’s men to claim the three points.
Villa are dealing with the pressure of a potential relegation much better than City are with the possibility of them falling out of the top four, and Sherwood should send his players out to take advantage of this pressure, with a win a real possibility.