Manchester City star plays down 'favourites' tag

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Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure believes his side are not certainties to win this season's Premier League title.

A majority of bookmakers have installed Manchester City as favourites to win the league - with Chelsea and Manchester United second and third respectively.

However Toure has played down the 'favourites' tag by praising Manchester City's main title rivals.

When asked if Manchester City were clear favourites to win the league, the 30-year-old told Marca: "No, I think we're a very powerful team but Chelsea, with [Jose] Mourinho on board, and Manchester United, with [David] Moyes's new team, will open up the league. We have some very tough opponents."

The Ivorian international went on to compare new manager Manuel Pellegrini's attacking style of football with Roberto Mancini's defensive approach.

Toure, who managed to get himself on the scoresheet against Newcastle, added: "They are two different coaches. I do what they tell me."

"In terms of football, maybe we have changed the way we play. We're attacking more now, with a very Spanish style.

"They all have a lot of skill and give us balance. [Jesus] Navas is very quick and intelligent. On the left, [David] Silva is very good at finding the spaces.

"We'll have to wait and see how we do. We've had some top signings come in and we've had another year of experience. Let's hope we win."

Toure also admitted that Manchester City must do better in the Champions League this season after failing to make it through the group stages in the last two years.

He concluded: "[The Champions League] is our main objective this year, of course. We have to have a brilliant season and top it off in Europe."

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