Kolo Toure fires warning to Man City whingers
Published 23:00 02/10/10 By Jim Hughes
Manchester City are developing the fighting spirit of champions as boss Roberto Mancini’s mean-machine regime kicks in.
That’s the opinion of Kolo Touré, who won the Premier League title and two FA Cups with Arsenal.
He can see Mancini’s men following in the footsteps of Arsenal’s title winners of 2004.
Touré explained: “In that time we had so many great players and a lot of maturity in the team.
“Every training session was so hard, when you went for a game it was much easier because you’re used to training with top players and training was so difficult.
“Everybody wanted to be in the team – and to do that you had to fight for every single ball.
“There’s a lot of fight and a lot of competition for places and that will make a difference – it’s definitely starting to feel like that.
“You must be at your best to be on the list to play in the games.”
And Touré has no complaints about European games now packing out City’s fixture list.
“When you want to be a big club it means that you play Champions League or Europa League AND the Premiership.
“We want to be a big club so there’s no time to rest – every two days you have really difficult games. I would play a game every day, I don’t mind.”
The rumours persist that while Mancini tries to bed in so many new faces, some high-profile stars are struggling to accept the Sky Blue squad system.
But Toure has a simple message for any dissenters.
He ended: “The only way to respond is to work hard and when you get the chance, do your best and try to get in the team. That’s all you can do.
“I just enjoy my football and love what I’m doing.
“When I’m on the pitch it’s not like I’m tired or anything or feel sad. I feel so happy because we’re really lucky to be footballers.
“I can work every single day and it’s no problem.”
Last weekend City beat high-flying Chelsea at Eastlands – today they face a Toon team that has already won at Everton and beaten Chelsea in the Carling Cup.
Touré said: “Newcastle are a good team. You can do well against Chelsea and battle with a team like Newcastle.
“We want to be prepared for that and it’s going to be a tough game. Newcastle’s results show that they can have really high days.
“We’ll fight and try to get these three points. We all need to put our energy in every single game to be on top.
“To be a champion or to win a title is really difficult. But there is plenty of time for days off when you have finished playing.
“You only play football for a short time and I want to play for as long as I can.”