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Yaya Toure expecting a 60-game season for Manchester City

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So often we hear the modern day footballer avoid questions about the future by rolling out the classic "one game at a time" cliche, but Yaya Toure has done the complete opposite following criticism of his recent form.

Rather than try and convince us his sole focus is on the next game, that's Tottenham at home for those interested, Toure has instead explained how he's preparing, physically and mentally, for the next 50 games, reports the Manchester Evening News.

While it may seem feasible that a top athlete like Toure wants to be prepared for an entire campaign, we're not quite sure how you can be mentally prepared for a game six months in advance.

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However, that exactly what Toure is claiming, and who are we to argue with a La Liga, Premier League and Champions League winner?

Preparation

Like City, Toure has had an indifferent start to the season, and critics have been quick to point out his unspectacular form, none more so than Manchester United legend Paul Scholes.

However, speaking to City TV, the club's official online station, Toure explained how he doesn't follow the classic 'one game at a time' mantra that we're so often fed by players and managers alike.

"I'm not prepared to play just one game. I prepare my head and my body to play 50 or 60 games in the season."

With ten games already passed, Toure will hope the next half a century of matches can see him recreate the form that saw him grab 20 Premier League goals as City won their second Premier League title.

Winners

It's the challenge of regaining that title, as well as getting his hands on other silverware, come the end of the season that inspires Toure to look so far ahead, rather than concentrate on short-term form.

As well as the Premier League, City will be expected to challenge for the FA Cup and League Cup, while their attempts to secure a first ever Champions League crown have been well documented following a shaky start to the group stages.

The powerful Ivorian said: "I have to prepare myself, my body and my mind for all those games, sometimes it can not be so good but sometimes the result is the most important thing because at the end of the day we just remember the team who won."

So far this season Toure's approach hasn't seemed to get the best out of him, although there were signs of a return to form when he scored the all-important opening goal in the 2-0 victory over Aston Villa last weekend.

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