Kolo Toure fears defensive problems could cost Man City the title

Manchester City defender Kolo Toure has stressed that his side must shore up their leaky defensive backline if they are to have any chance of defending their Premier League title as well as make progress in the Champions League.

City have failed to keep a clean sheet so far this season and have conceded late goals to Southampton, Real Madrid, Arsenal and on Tuesday night in the League Cup, Aston Villa, who scored four at the Etihad Stadium to dump the home side out of the cup.

Ivory Coast international defender Toure, who has been in and out of the City team this season, told BBC Radio Manchester: “If you want to win the Premier League, you have to be able to keep clean sheets. We haven’t been able to do that as a team and we need to work on that with the manager, definitely.

Some have pointed to Mancini’s decision to tinker with the system to play three central defenders at times, as well as rotating between the four defenders he has in his squad, but Toure refutes suggestions that this is affecting the players.

We leave the manager to make his decision. He is the boss and he does what he thinks is best for the team. We are professional players and we just need to adapt to what he is doing.

City travel to London to face an in-form Fulham side at Craven Cottage on Saturday as they bid for their first victory for four matches in all competitions.

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