Yaya Toure believes Manchester metropolis can prove they’re the #1 group in Manchester in the event that they end the optimum League season above their outdated rivals United.
Yaya Toure believes Manchester metropolis can show they are the number 1 workforce in Manchester in the event that they finish the optimal League season above their old opponents United.
A zero-0 draw against United in Thursday's derby on the Etihad maintained metropolis's one-level benefit over Jose Mourinho’s side in the race for a top-4 end and qualification for next season's Champions League.
Victory for city towards struggling Middlesbrough would assist Toure's team make certain they end above United for the fifth time in six seasons.
"yes, after all, at all times we end above them within the season, it presentations city are doing very well," stated Toure when requested concerning the shift in the balance of energy.
"United are constructing one thing very interesting. we’ve to pay attention to that but i believe metropolis are going to be a lot much improved next season as smartly.
"subsequent yr we are going to predict extra and i am hoping United are going to assault somewhat bit extra.
"city are at all times preventing for the title and this yr was quite tough, relatively disappointing, as a result of we’ve been annoyed at playing neatly, regulate the opponent, dominate the game, however then you see the result at the finish and we’ve misplaced or we win via a small gap.
"We want to work on our finishing to be trustworthy."
That ending — badly missing towards United — is also more suitable if manager Pep Guardiola decides handy a start to Brazilian big name Gabriel Jesus who came on as a substitute within the derby.
The 20-12 months had been out for over two months after surgical operation on a broken foot although veteran Sergio Aguero had spoke back with 12 goals in as many video games in his absence.
"No, Aguero is doing very well to be sincere," said Toure when requested if metropolis had missed the teenager.
"Gabriel is coming. for the time being it is relatively troublesome as a result of we are missing the intention but if we have now a striker who is going to attain a intention it will make reasonably a distinction for us."
'we have to win'
For metropolis, who will end the season without silverware, it has proved a frustrating campaign after Guardiola opened his English career with 10 successive victories in league and cups.
Toure, who spent the first a part of the season in a stand-off with the manager due to remarks made by his agent, said the extent of competition in England intended winning trophies was once not a given proper.
"As a qualified, I've been right here for seven years and that i consider how the game is," mentioned Toure, who turns 34 next month.
"infrequently you need to take care of that. groups are all the time pondering of counter attacking and that’s the issue.
"this is why the best League is one of the absolute best leagues on the planet. So disturbing, so onerous, and you all the time have to combat towards yourself to be triumphant."
Middlesbrough caretaker-supervisor Steve Agnew meanwhile appears to be like set to maintain Gaston Ramirez on the sidelines following his mindless dismissal in Middlesbrough's defeat at Bournemouth last weekend.
The Uruguayan has served his one-match ban, however Agnew continues to be upset over his pink card, which contributed to a four-0 whipping.
metropolis represent the start of a difficult run-in for Middlesbrough, who additionally face trips to Chelsea and Liverpool and a house game towards Southampton.
"We've received to beat one of the large groups and the primary that comes along is Manchester city," stated Agnew.
"It’s beautiful simple — we play city and must take on the problem and we’ve to win."