Manchester derby Premier League’s biggest game, says City defender Toure

Manchester City defender Kolo Toure believes the meeting between the Premier League champions and current league leaders and local rivals Manchester United is the biggest game in English football, the Daily Mirror has reported.

The sides meet on Monday evening at Old Trafford in a match that could take United 18 points clear of City at the top of the table. Last season Roberto Mancini’s side beat Sir Alex Ferguson’s team to the title on goal difference, with the title race going down to virtually the last kick of the campaign.

Toure believes that with the combination of local bragging rights and the destination of the title at stake, the match between the two Manchester clubs has surpassed the fixture between Arsenal and United as the biggest in the division.

Back when I was playing in North London derbies, it was only Arsenal and Manchester United fighting for the title. That was the biggest competition, but today it’s more like City and United. It’s the biggest game of the season for both teams, but also for the Premier League,” Toure said.

He added: “It will be a big battle, a big fight again. We need to try and win this game. We don’t want other teams to catch us because we want to make sure we get second but at the same time we want to close the gap at the top.

City are five points ahead of third-placed Tottenham Hotspur and have a game in hand on the White Hart Lane outfit, and having lost to United at the Etihad Stadium earlier in the season, Toure is hopeful of winning for the second consecutive year at the home of United.

Last season City took a 6-1 victory from the Old Trafford derby and later beat United 1-0 at the Etihad, but this season lost 2-1 at home to a late Robin van Persie free-kick.

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