Manchester City's Kolo and Yaya Toure are determined to bring Christmas cheer to the Etihad Stadium by making up for the disappointment of last year, and cementing the club's place at the top of the Barclays Premier League table going into the festive period.

Roberto Mancini's men had an opportunity to claim top spot this time last season, but lost to Everton - the last time the Citizens were beaten at home.

"We want to make our fans happy by staying top," said Kolo, who pledged to keep the remarkable home run of 26 wins and two draws going. "It will definitely mean more for everyone to be top at the end of the season.

"When we play at home, our fans push the team to do well. Every time we try to win the game, and at the moment we look unbeatable at home. Hopefully that can keep going."

City's title hopes may hinge on how well they cope without the likes of Kolo, and his even more influential brother Yaya Toure when the Ivorian duo depart for African Cup of Nations duty with Ivory Coast in January.

The pair could miss up to six Barclays Premier League matches, and failure to maintain their form could see the club's hunt for domestic glory ended by the time they return.

However, the former Barcelona midfielder insists he has every confidence in the City squad to keep momentum while he is away.

"We are due to join training [with Ivory Coast] on January 11," confirmed Yaya. "[But] I have total confidence in my friends because they are a fantastic team.

"We have Nigel de Jong, James Milner and even Samir Nasri who could play in that position, and Gareth Barry does a fantastic job. They are important midfielders.

"Gareth Barry is 30 years old and works like a young boy, Nigel is full of fight and Milner runs all the time and is strong."

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