YAYA: WE CAN WIN EUROPE’S BIG ONE

Toure in­sists City’s ex­pe­ri­enced squad will launch them to glory MANCH­ESTER CITY v BORUS­SIA DORT­MUND Cham­pi­ons League – Tonight, 7.45pm – Sky Sports 2

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY OCTOBER 4 - By CHRIS MCKENNA

YAYA TOURE be­lieves Man City can throw off their Euro­pean shack­les and lift the Cham­pi­ons League tro­phy.

The Blues al­ready face a tough task to qual­ify from their group a sea­son af­ter fall­ing at the first hur­dle in their de­but cam­paign.

But de­spite let­ting a 2-1 lead slip away against Real Madrid in the Bern­abeu two weeks ago, Toure re­mains bullish about their chances of go­ing all the way to the fi­nal at Wem­b­ley next May.

He won the com­pe­ti­tion with Barcelona in 2009 and be­lieves the fact that Car­los Tevez, Maicon and Mario Balotelli have all won the tro­phy be­fore with their pre­vi­ous clubs bodes well for City’s chances.

Toure said: “I have that ex­pe­ri­ence and it is good to have big play­ers like Maicon and Balotelli.

“It is not easy to win the Cham­pi­ons League.

Luck

“Here the club just wants to be in the sec­ond round and we know we have to im­prove be­cause we have a very good team.

“With a team like this we can go very far in the com­pe­ti­tion.” Af­ter fail­ing to get out of the group in last year’s com­pe­ti­tion, Toure knows the pres­sure is on to de­liver this sea­son.

He added: “The first year was quite dif­fi­cult. We have to go to the sec­ond round but we didn’t get a lot of luck last year.

“This can be mas­sive for us to get to the sec­ond round.

“We have to get through be­cause we know we are in a tough group and we have to get a good re­sult.

“The Cham­pi­ons League is the tough­est com­pe­ti­tion in Europe. We have to do our jobs and win the game.

“We will do ev­ery­thing to get through. Whether you are away or at home, we have to do our job and get the re­sult we need to go through.”

City will be with­out mid­fielder Jack Rod­well and de­fender Maicon against the Ger­man cham­pi­ons tonight.

And af­ter throw­ing away their lead in Madrid, boss Roberto Mancini has called for im­prove­ment. The Ital­ian is un­der huge pres­sure to de­liver the Cham­pi­ons League and know that he will not be given a num­ber of years to make an im­pact on a com­pe­ti­tion which he is yet to win as a player or man­ager.

Mancini said: “It’s very dif­fi­cult to win a Cham­pi­ons League ti­tle.

“This is only the sec­ond year we are play­ing in the Cham­pi­ons League and we have a hard group.

“Look at how we im­proved in the Premier League.

“I think we need time to im­prove in the Cham­pi­ons League but we do not have time – we have only five games.

“We can­not con­cede goals like we did against Real Madrid. If we want to go through we have to im­prove quickly.”

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