Man Utd defeat “A dagger to the heart” but “we will win it again” – Yaya Toure
Yaya Toure insists Manchester United is still in contention for the Premier League title following Sunday’s 3-2 home defeat to archrivals Manchester United. Manchester City, who won the Premier League title in the last five minutes of the season earlier this year, trail Manchester United by six points on the table.
Pride was at stake as Manchester City hosted the Manchester derby at Etihad Stadium. Wayne Rooney’s first-half double allowed Manchester United a 2-0 lead at the break, but goals from Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta allowed Manchester City a 2-2 comeback. Robin van Persie denied Manchester City a point during injury time by scoring on a deflected free-kick in the 92nd minute.
“It was a dagger in the heart” Yaya Toure said in reference to Robin van Persie’s late goal. The Ivory Coast midfielder believes his teammates showed the true spirit of champions in the game. Yaya Toure also predicted Manchester City’s comeback in the title race.
“The title race is not finished - anything but,” Yaya Toure told Manchester City’s official website. “We will continue to give United problems in the league and at the end of the season I hope we will win it again. We thought we would win the game when we made it 2-2, but United have great experience and Wayne Rooney was fantastic for them.
“It was a dagger in the heart to concede a third so late in the game, but it was a fantastic game for the fans, and that is why I like the Premier League so much. It is the toughest league in the world.
“Disappointing though this defeat is, it only makes us more determined to win the title. We have to be strong mentally and strong in every other way as well, but our championship challenge is not finished.”
Manchester City were eight points behind Manchester United with just six games in hand last season. In spite of all the odds, the Eastlands marched on to successive victories to record one of the most memorable Premier League campaigns in the history of the tournament.
“We have to forget what we have done in the past. This year will be tough, but we have a fantastic squad and we have the confidence to keep going until the final day. We will never give up,” Yaya Toure continued.
“We need to improve by working even harder, because when you are at the top everybody wants to take you down.
“Last year was fantastic, but we have to realize that sometimes you go through tough periods - we can turn this around. When the chips are down, that's when the tough really get going and we will show why we are champions.”