Kolo Toure praises team spirit
- Mon 24 Dec 2012, 8:49AM
- Posted by Nicola McCarthy
Kolo Toure has hailed Manchester City’s fight to the end attitude and compared their winning mentality to that of Arsenal’s in their unbeaten 2003-4 season.
The Blues defender, who was part of that Gunners side nine years ago, says his side firmly believe in the importance of never giving up.
“Kolo Toure has seen Manchester City’s never-say-die attitude before,” reports The Mirror’s David Anderson.
“He saw it in one of his former teams. One which also scored late goals and won the Premier League. One that history knows as the Invincibles.”
“That Arsenal side refused to be beaten as they went through the 2003-04 season undefeated.
“Toure feels City are developing that same spirit after they squeezed past Reading thanks to Gareth Barry’s stoppage-time winner.
“He says they believe they can score right up to the final second.”
Meanwhile, the manager has been speaking about the future of out of favour defender Joleon Lescott, insisting there is still a place for him at The Etihad.
“Roberto Mancini claims Joleon Lescott is still part of his plans at Manchester City after snubbing the England defender again,” reports The Mirror.
“Lescott, 30, has tumbled to fourth in Mancini’s pecking order of central defenders after being Vincent Kompany’s regular partner last season.
“Kolo Toure got the nod ahead of Lescott to start against Reading on Saturday when Mancini rested Kompany.
“Lescott, who has made just seven league starts this season, has been linked with a switch back to Everton in January, but Mancini insists he wants him to stay at the Etihad, despite an expected January clearout.”