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Way we were, by Invincible man Kolo

  • 06 March 2012 08:26
  • Posted by Peter Ferguson

You can always rely on a Toure for good quotes, and the lads were quick to collar Kolo at the weekend for a bonus follow-up from the Bolton game.

While Roberto was whistling Wedding Bell Blues as he strolled back down the corridor, Kolo was extolling the virtues of a squad he reckons reminds him strongly of some old pals.

The Guardian's Andy Hunter writes that Kolo "has likened Manchester City to the Arsenal 'Invincibles' he played for in 2003-04", although of course the Blues have lost one or two.

Arsenal never lost a League game that season, but "Touré believes Roberto Mancini has assembled a squad that compares to the Arsenal team he helped remain unbeaten en route to the title."

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He quotes Kolo: "The quality is the same because we had 24 great players at Arsenal and here is the same, we also have 24 great players. Here you can change any player.

"David Silva didn't play [against Bolton], but we still won the game. [Sergio] Agüero didn't play, but we still won the game.

"In our time at Arsenal it was like this. Dennis Bergkamp was on the bench, Kanu was on the bench, but we still managed to win the games.

"That's really important when you have a big squad like that, that you can change, give some players a rest, and this can be really helpful come the end of the season."

Meanwhile, Joe Hart is playing down the significance of next month's derby despite what is being said in the Red corner, according to Talksport's Alex Varney.

Joe points out: "There is loads of football to be played. We have got some massive games. We’ve got struggling Wolves to go to, we’ve got a really tough Swansea side to play against next week, and we’re involved in the Europa League. There’s an awful lot before 30 April.

 

It’s obviously going to be exciting and built up by a lot of people, but we have a lot more to deal with before that

Bolton's second stringers are getting a bit excited, Marc Iles reveals in the Bolton News: "Wanderers reserves could share centre stage with Carlos Tevez tonight when they take on City in the Manchester Senior Cup at Hyde.

"City boss Roberto Mancini is considering giving Tevez his first public outing at Ewen Fields as he looks to get the Argentine striker fit for a Premier League return."

And Damian Johnson's faux pax on Match of the Day features in Yahoo's "Dirty Tackle". Poor Damian began his interview by calling Roberto "Mario" by mistake. We've all been there.

Ryan Bailey mischievously captions the footage: "To be fair to Damian, Mancini and Balotelli do look incredibly similar." Well, Roberto has more grey hairs. We wonder why, Mario? 

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