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
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.
“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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