Manchester City defender Gael Clichy is confident that the Sky Blues will soon return to the form that saw them to the title last season.
City suffered their first defeat this season – and their first at home in two years – in a bitter Manchester derby battle but their performances have not matched up to their previous campaign.
The current champions sit six points adrift of rivals Manchester United, but Clichy is backing his team-mates to come out on top in the end.
“For me the problem this year is that we are not playing as well as a unit as we did last year and that’s what we have to work on,” Clichy said.
“I am very confident though because we have the quality and I am sure we are going to be there at the end of the season.
“I personally believe and feel that we have a mission and its aim is to become champions again.”
The left-back insists that despite rumours of unrest between manager Roberto Mancini and some of his players, all is well in the City camp.
The French full back believes there will be a positive reaction to the loss of their unbeaten home run, and expects City to draw on the positives.
“The feeling within the team is great at the moment and I hope that the fans are behind us because we will need them to go all the way,” Clichy said.
“We hadn’t lost a game for a long time at the Etihad but it is done now and the only thing we can do is focus on the positive things that happened during that game.
“We went 2-0 down and again we showed great team spirit in getting it back to 2-2 – apart from the last 20 minutes of the first half, I don’t think they were on top of us.
“When you lose a game in the last minute it’s always difficult – but we can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We know what we did well and what we didn’t do so well and we have to try to avoid those bad points.”