Yaya Toure has spoke of Manchester City’s intent to win the Barclays Premier League this season, but knows it will be very difficult.
He also announced that fans should expect more than just the FA Cup this season as a new era at the club begins.
Last season the massive investment made by billionaire owner Sheikh Mansour paid off as the Citizens qualified for the Champions League whilst also winning the FA Cup, beating Stoke 1-0 in the Wembley final.
Toure was the hero in the tie, scoring the winning goal and sealing City’s first major trophy in 35 years. The Ivoirian described it as his greatest moment, but knows the club must now move on to bigger and better things.
Speaking to Manchester City’s official website, he said: “We have to work hard because the league will be very hard and we need to improve because this year we’re playing in the Champions League.
“It was amazing it was like a dream [to score the winning goal in the FA Cup final] but we are going towards the big dream. This season is a new era and we need to work hard. The FA cup is in the past.”
The 28-year-old now knows the club are capable of winning the title, and despite only bringing in Gael Clichy and Stefan Savic to the club, the former Barcelona midfielder believes the squad is capable of claiming the title.
He said: “We expect to win the Barclays Premier League because now we go [in to the new season] with more confidence and the players are starting to know each other.”
Manchester City’s title challenge could be severely knocked if the reported departure of Carlos Tevez comes to fruition. The striker has grown disillusioned with life in Manchester and is keen to leave to be closer to his family in Argentina.
Tevez has been linked with moves to Corinthians and Juventus, with both clubs reportedly making bids for the Argentinian international. City boss Roberto Mancini is however, keen to hold on to his skipper and the club have so far held firm.