Cape Town - Gael Clichy believes the Citizens' fans will provide vital assistance for the team's must win Champions League fixture against CKSA Moscow on Wednesday evening.
Clichy,talking to the club's website, is confident in his side's ability as they fight to qualify from a tough Champions League group.
"We know we have the quality to beat anyone home or away and we are really confident we can still progress, but we have to perform from the first minute against CSKA.
“I thought we were very good for the first 75 minutes against United and that’s what we are capable of doing. We just have to work hard and make sure we take three points and move on from there.”
With a sell-out crowd for Wednesday’s game, Gael reckons the team and the fans can help each other.
With no travelling supporters permitted following the ban imposed by UEFA on the visitors, the Etihad will be City fans only and the French full-back believes that has to work in the hosts’ favour.
“We know our fans can be the twelfth man and we will need their help against CSKA,” the former Arsenal defender said.
“I’m in my fourth year at City and the fans have always been there for us – of course, there are times when they are not happy because they expect better from us and at those times, I guarantee we the players will also expect better of ourselves.
“Our fans are among the best in England and they can be the difference on the night. Of course, we need to give them something to cheer, so the question is: do they feed off our performance or do we respond to their backing?
“I think it’s both so as long as we are all at our best, everything should be fine. We’ll be doing our best for them, that’s for sure.”
Manchester City face CSKA Moscow in Wednesday night's Champions League action. The Etihad Stadium is sold out for the crucial match with kick-off scheduled for 21:45.