Yaya: Let's crank it up!
- Sat 30 Apr 2011, 12:44PM
- Posted by David Clayton
Yaya Toure is urging his team-mates to race out of the blocks against West Ham on Sunday and take the game to the Hammers right from kick-off.
Yaya sees Avram Grant’s side as a danger, particularly with their precarious position at the foot of the table and game rapidly running out meaning they will come to the City of Manchester Stadium and probably give it a real go.
With four of the top five teams in the Premier League playing each other this weekend, there is a great opportunity for the Blues to close the gap on one or two sides behind them and increase the lead over those behind.
“It will be very hard for us because these games can be tricky,” said Yaya.
West Ham are fighting to stay in the Premier League but we won’t underestimate them just because they are bottom of the table
“We have to start the game strongly and not let them get any sort of foothold. We need to win the game because we want to play Champions League football next season so there is everything to play for.
“It’s good that we are at home because I think if we were going to Upton Park at this stage it wouldn’t be a very difficult fixture for us. We are very strong at home and have our fans behind us so we will definitely have the advantage.”
The Hammers should have Football Writers Player of the Year Scott Parker patrolling the midfield – if he passes a late fitness test – and Yaya has been impressed by the West Ham skipper this season.
“Yeah, Scott Parker is a fantastic player and the first time I played against him I thought he was very good,” he said. “He is strong and always makes a good decision when he makes a pass and is a very important player for them.
“Even though we beat them 3-1 earlier this season, he still had a good game. I remember that game well because they said I only got one but in my mind I scored twice! I'm sure Robert Green didn't want to be credited
“What we need to do is go into the game against Tottenham with a good points advantage over them. Spurs are a very good side and they did well in their first season in the Champions League.
“They will be desperate to continue playing Champions League football, so we need to build up a good lead ahead of our game against them because if things go our way, we could even seal a top four place by beating them.”