Sunday 24 February 2019

Toure backs City for more glory

BACKING: Yaya Toure. Pic: PA
BACKING: Yaya Toure. Pic: PA

Yaya Toure believes Manchester City have everything in place to enjoy great success in the future.

The veteran midfielder was given a heartfelt send-off as he made his final home appearance for the club in Wednesday's 3-1 victory over Brighton at the Etihad Stadium.

Toure, 34, is leaving City this summer after an outstanding eight years at the club, a period in which he was won three Premier League titles and four domestic cups.

The next challenge for City is to excel on the Champions League stage and Toure believes the signs are good.

The Ivorian said: "I am happy. People think I would be sad but I am happy because I leave a good legacy.

"In the dressing room in the beginning, in 2011, when we lost (games) it was (a place) to smile, laugh. I was not happy with that.

"Now when we lose or draw you see everyone sad or angry. That is the mentality I love. That is a winning team and the character this team have to have if you want to compete with Barcelona and Madrid, because they are the same.

"They have been educated like that because they are champions. Now we are champions, even though the team are young. I hope next year is going to be bright and much better."

Toure was made captain for the evening as champions City completed their home programme for the season in record-breaking style.

Brighton's Leonardo Ulloa did puncture the party mood slightly by cancelling out Danilo's opener but further goals from Bernardo Silva and Fernandinho ensured a comfortable victory. All three City goals were set up by Leroy Sane.

The victory took City's totals for wins, points and goals in the Premier League this season 31, 97 and 105 - all new records in the competition.

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