Sunday, 23 October 2011

For Toure beating United to the title is not enough

For Yaya Toure beating Manchester United to the title will not be enough. He wants City to match his former club Barcelona.

Lofty ambitions from the 6ft 3in midfield man, but aims he believes can be delivered by a Blues team that signs up new superstars every season.

His arrival in July 2010 brought about City's first trophy in 35 years when he helped win the FA Cup - although it was his semi-final winner against Manchester United that makes him a target for Reds fans today.

For many pundits that win, the first in a generation on the big stage, unlocked a mental block that had been hampering City for years.

But the £24m man saw it as inevitable as his eyes have always been on a bigger crown than dominating the domestic stage.

Toure revealed: ``I hope we can be as good as Barcelona. I think with the players Barcelona have, they will be the best for a while yet, but we can try to be like them.

``We have to continue to work to become like them though. We must try to win some trophies. Every year they win two or three trophies.

``I hope one day Man City will be known for playing fantastic football like Barcelona because we’re signing fantastic players.''

Toure is looking to create a new dynasty in the north-west of England having just left one in sunny south of Spain. A lack of games and a tempting £200,000 a week at the Etihad were no doubt swaying factors.

But for the humble Ivory Coast star, a chance to be in at the beginning of a new project was also a massive pull.

He added: ``Barcelona is an unbelievable club. Everybody wants to play there. I don't think I made the wrong decision in leaving though.

``I decided to try a new life and a new team, because the last season there was just so difficult. I think I was lucky to get to play for Barcelona in the first place though.

``But when I signed for this club I was told it was a story waiting to be written, and that's what it feels like.

``The fans are happy now we have a trophy, and the players are too, but we want to do something else that's amazing.

``The players all want to be part of the story at a big club, and this club can become a great club. I'm sure.

``This club has fantastic ambition, just look at the players we have signed. Some of the top players in the world are here, and I think the club wants to continue with its project. We are all happy and I think in the next few years you will see us win some trophies.''

But with the FA Cup under their belts, there is only one trophy City fans want next and they will take a big step to nabbing the title by beating main rivals United today.

And going up against the Reds brings back happy memories for Toure as his Wembley goal in the FA Cup semi-final has already gained him legendary status among City's success starved supporters.

He added: ``That goal is a career highlight for me. It was a good goal to score and so was getting to the final against Stoke.

``But this year we know we have to improve again because we have brought in some more fantastic players.

``Sami Nasri has joined us, Sergio Aguero has joined us, and I think we can compete in any competition now.

``But Manchester United are the bigger story because they have been a big club for a long time.

``For us this is only the beginning. We started the project and signed some fantastic players but it is a big step.

``It is important to continue to learn and work hard in training. But Sunday will be a big day in Manchester. We will go there and it will be very hard but we must be positive and go there thinking we can get a good result.''

*Yaya Toure is working with PUMA to provide boots and playing kits to underprivileged children in Africa. 

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