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Season 2013/14

Sky Sports: Toure believes City can be the 'greatest club in the world'

  • 24 December 2013 08:27
  • Posted by @porter_mcfc

Yaya Toure has an early present for City fans this Christmas Eve morning.

The Ivorian has been telling Sky Sports that he believes the Blues are set to be the ‘greatest club in the world’ – which sounds alright, I suppose…

Yaya

He is quoted as saying: "To make history sometimes it takes longer. I am a lucky man to be in the right place because the club have brought in fantastic players. Everything is in a good place to be honest, and I'm sure in a couple of years Man City will become the greatest club in the world.

"[Barcelona] are quite afraid about us, the way they see us play in the PL at home especially, they're quite scared. We play fantastic football and we score goals, it's total attack. But it's going to be a tough game and for us we know if we're to win we need to be at the top of our game."

Yaya added: "Any trophy will be very welcome because we're chasing trophies. To be a top club you have to win trophies. The team we've got and the manager we've got now, I think it's not going to surprise me if we win two trophies this year."

Let’s hope you’re right on both counts, Yaya!

Elsewhere, Boxing Day has served up a festive treat – and it isn’t turkey leftovers. The fixture list has thrown up a highly-anticipated clash with Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium, where City have been in stunning form all season.

A flawless home record in the league has been backed up by 35 Etihad goals, but Joe Allen has his sights set on ending that extraordinary run before the Reds visit Chelsea on 29 December.

The Liverpool midfielder told the Mirror: "It is a massive challenge but one to look forward to. The run of form we are on and the way we are playing we are certainly looking to go there and get a result.

"You can never pick one or two games as season-defining but we appreciate they are going to be challenging, that goes without saying.

"Man City have an incredible record at home, as do Chelsea to be fair, but records are there to be broken and we have to be ambitious that we can be the team that goes there and does that.”

Fighting talk!

Finally, the Beast may not have a prominent role in the story of Christmas, but he does have a starring part in City’s 2013-14 campaign.

Negredo celebration

Alvaro Negredo has exploded out of the blocks in his first season for the Blues, and The Bleacher Report has outlined the importance of his contribution.

Rob Pollard writes: “Negredo has seven league goals in 16 games, as well as five in six Champions League matches. Throw in his Capital One Cup goal away at Newcastle, and his total in all competitions stands at 13 already. It’s been a phenomenal start for a player who looks tailor-made for the English game. 

“It isn’t just his goals that have impressed so far. His all-around game has brought a new dimension to the way City attack. He is a constant thorn in the side of opposition, bullying defenders for 90 minutes with his strength and tenacity, always looking to provide opportunities for those around him. He’s created 16 chances for others this season, with four direct assists. 

The weekend win at Fulham was the latest example of his brilliance. Bent double on the turf at the end after another 90 minutes of constant running and hard work, he’d just provided the assist of the season—an outside-of-the-boot cross for James Milner to run on to and score from close range. Milner didn’t have to break stride, such was the precision of the pass, and City guaranteed themselves three vital points.”

Merry Christmas Blues, and let’s hope that Santa brings three points on Boxing Day! 

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