Gael Clichy has warned that Manchester City have no intention of easing up after making a flying start to the new season.
City tore into ten-man Newcastle United 4-0 in their opening English Premier League game at the Etihad Stadium after playing stylish attacking football from the outset. It was an early indication of the attractive style new manager Manuel Pellegrini intends to deploy and Clichy does not expect the approach to chance much.
The Frenchman said of the result: "That's what happens when you start the game really well.
"It was a good performance defensively and offensively and hopefully we can carry on like this. It was a great game. It was the first game at home, the fans were here and they wanted to see us work hard.
"We did work hard during the whole pre-season and that is what the manager wants from us. Away from home it will be more difficult but it is a good way of starting the season. We are going to play like this (in approach) from today to the last game."
"Last season was last season - it has gone," Clichy said. "There is nothing we can do about it but it is always nice to start the season they way we did, in front of the fans as well.
"It was a great performance from the strikers to the defenders and we cannot ask for more. When you play for a team like City you always want the three points.
"The ideal game is to play attractive football, score goals and create chances but at the end of the day the most important thing is three points. On Monday night we did that, with the way we played as well. We can be happy with the result."