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Man City must learn to win ugly like Chelsea - Clichy

Gael Clichy thinks Manchester City must learn from Chelsea's ability to win at all costs if they want to return to the top of the Premier League.

Jose Mourinho's side have been criticised by some for their pragmatic approach this season but are just two wins away from winning the Premier League title following their 0-0 draw with Arsenal at the weekend.

City sit 10 points behind the Blues and Clichy concedes that he and his team-mates may need to take note of Chelsea's ability to win ugly if they are to reclaim their Premier League title next season.

"People are saying Jose Mourinho plays defensive football and his team doesn't like to attack," he said. "They've won a lot of games by one goal but at the end of the day you just look at the trophies.

"Sometimes in football you just need to be able to win games, even when you are not playing well.

"This season there have been times when we have lost games instead of maybe settling for a draw whereas Chelsea have made sure that if they don't win their games, they don't lose them either. And that has been the difference this year.

"The two games we played against them I think we played better than them, created more chances and had more possession but on each occasion we shared the points."

Clichy added: "Our philosophy at this club is to play attractive football and score lots of goals but at the same time you have to give credit where it's due and Chelsea have been the best team this season.

"If Chelsea needed five points to win the title and had to draw five games to be champions they would get those five draws and do it. Probably no other team in the league could do that. So they must be doing something right."