Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has revealed it was the pre-match words of manager Manuel Pellegrini that inspired the team to go on and put six goals past Tottenham Hotspur in their Premier League meeting on Sunday, Sky
City had been beaten by Sunderland in their last game before the international break and Toure admitted the players were struggling to understand how they lost to the struggling Black Cats. But Pellegrini shared his thoughts with the players before the match against Tottenham and Toure was astounded by of the Chilean’s comments.
“The manager’s speech before the game was unbelievable,” Toure said. “It is always difficult when you lose a game like we did at Sunderland. It is hard for the players. Football is so strange. But we have come together as a team because we want to regain the Premier League.”
City’s season so far has been marked by away defeats such as the one at Sunderland, with the 2011-12 champions also losing at Aston Villa and Cardiff City. But while Toure is bothered by their struggles on the road, he is reluctant to put too much emphasis on the dropped points. “At the moment it is quite difficult but we will try to find a way,” Toure said.
“At home we are very prolific. Away is more difficult. Either the referee is not fine or the fans or the opponent try to make it hard,” the Ivory Coast international added. “That is part of football. That is the Premier League. That is why it is the best league in the world. We are trying to find a good balance because we have to come back. It is very important to start winning away from home.
“It is not just the big teams who are the problem. It is the normal teams. It is always difficult away. But we know if we are to win the title again we have to win our away games. That is what the manager is working on.”
The heavy win over Spurs left City in fourth place, six points adrift of league leaders Arsenal and two points ahead of the vanquished Tottenham. City have comfortably the best goal difference in the division, plus 22, and have scored 10 more goals than the second-highest scorers.
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