Yaya Toure claims Manchester City are motivated to defend their Premier League title in the aftermath of their recent woes. The Ivorian midfielder reckons Manchester City’s recent winless encounters will acts as a catalyst in rejuvenating their Premier League form.
Motivation has become a big issue in the Eastlands camp. Following their second successive exit from the Group Stages of the Champions League last week, Manchester City lost their two-year long unbeaten at home record to Manchester United in a Premier League derby.
After being condemned for the worst performance by an English club in the Champions League, Manchester City set-off to defend their Premier League title against table toppers Manchester United. However, after last weekend’s defeat they are trailing by six points.
The lead seems a lot considering the fact that the Premier League has become a lot more competitive since last season, but a quick jog down the memory lane will remind us of Manchester City’s resilient campaign to acquire Premier League glory.
With just six games left in the season Manchester City were trailing Manchester United by eight points. The Red Devils were preparing for early season celebrations for their 20th Premier League title, but fate had other plans. Roberto Mancini led his men to a spectacular comeback that saw Manchester City won one of the most exhilarating Premier League seasons on goal difference in the dying moments of the season’s last game.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is being subjected to scrutiny for his team selection. The Italian chose bring in Samir Nasri and Mario Balotelli against Manchester United, both of whom eventually played a significant role in the derby defeat at Etihad Stadium.
“This makes us more determined to win it,” Yaya Toure said. “We are tough men, and when things get difficult, that is when you find the tough men. Last year was fantastic.
“But we have to forget what we have done in the past. We have to realize that sometimes you have a bad time. When you are at the top everybody wants to take you down. We have to be strong and work harder to turn this around.
“This year will be hard but we have a fantastic squad and we have the confidence to keep going.”
The two goals from Manchester City would have won them the game had it not been for Wayne Rooney’s brilliant brace and Robin van Persie’s deflected free-kick in injury time.
“It was a dagger in the heart, unbelievable,” Yaya Toure commented on Robin van Persie’s free-kick. “We thought we would win it at 2-2, but United have great experience. It was a fantastic game for the fans though. That is why I like the Premier League. It is the toughest league in the world.”
Manchester City are scheduled for a trip to Newcastle United this weekend. The Eastlands have a firm grasp over their second place in the Premier League, but in case of defeat Chelsea will have the opportunity to come within a point of Manchester City.
“We have to be strong mentally, and strong in every other way as well, because the Premier League is definitely not finished yet,” Yaya Toure concluded.