Yaya Toure calls for sense of perspective following Manchester City Blues


There is nothing much wrong at Manchester City, insists Yaya Toure.

For so long known for an inability to challenge for honours or even stay in the top division on a consistent spell, it has been something of a dreamland for the Blues in recent seasons. A number of top quality – world class, even – players have been bought since the takeover of the club in 2008, with the likes of Robinho, David Silva, Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero all donning the shirt in recent times.

And their 35-year wait for a trophy came to an end when they won the FA Cup in 2011, beating rivals United in a semi-final at Wembley along the way. Better still, they then trumped their neighbours again last season in the most dramatic of circumstances, when a stoppage time Aguero goal against Queens Park Rangers gave them a first league title since 1967-68, courtesy of a superior goal difference.

However, despite this success, Roberto Mancini has come in for some criticism of late. A second successive flop in the UEFA Champions League hasn’t gone down well with the powers at Etihad Stadium, whilst a 3-2 reverse to United – their first home loss in almost two years – means they know trail Sir Alex Ferguson’s men by six points in the title race.

All of a sudden, the Italian coach appears to be on borrowed time. Indeed, earlier this week one tabloid reported that he has just three games to save his job. And with former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola considering his return to the game following a year sabbatical, and Jose Mourinho ready to quit Real Madrid and return to the Premier League, Mancini could be excused for gathering a sweat under that scarf of his.

However, Toure – the scorer of so many important goals for City since his 2010 arrival – has called for a sense of perspective. He knows all about the struggles of the club in the past, which includes relegation to the third tier of English football, and has reminded critics and disgruntled fans that this is a golden era which will get even better. 

"I believe we are just at the beginning of our journey," he told the official club website. "We want to make history and that was part of my plan when I first signed - to make history - and we've made a start but there are many more chapters to be written.

"I'm really enjoying my football and I'm playing in front of the most amazing fans I've ever come across. Ending my playing career at City would be unbelievable, but I know it won't be easy because we want to win everything and always looking to improve."

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