Toure: Robinho is the danger man
- Sun 20 Jun 2010, 11:51AM
- Posted by David Clayton
City skipper Kolo Toure knows this evening’s clash with Brazil will probably determine whether Ivory Coast progress to the knock-out stages of the World Cup or not.
Brazil already have three points on the board following their 2-1 win over North Korea and another victory over Sven-Goran Eriksson’s men will almost certainly send them through with one game still to play.
Toure believes a draw would not be disastrous, but reckons The Elephants have the players to do even better – but keeping City team-mate Robinho quiet is a key requirement.
“We will need to defend even better against Brazil than we did against Portugal, but we have the chance in our hands,” he said.
We will play a top, top team and Robinho is a top, top player, but if we fight like we did against Portugal, and have the luck to score a goal, it will be good
Robbie showed flashes of the brilliance that led to the Blues coughing up a record £32.5m for his services against the North Koreans and Toure has faced the Brazilian enough times in training to know that, when he’s on his game, he can be irresistible.
“It will be difficult to handle Robinho, but we are defending well and the team spirit is high,” said Toure.
“The manager has made a big difference. Having Didier Drogba back will be a big help, too, but when you see a fantastic young player like Gervinho playing the way he did it is encouraging.
“We have some really good young players like Salomon Kalou and Aruna Dindane, so we will see how things go. It is all about teamwork, really. To win the World Cup is not about one player, it is about a squad. I am really proud of all the players."