YAYA TOURE is loving the scrap for points with Manchester City.
Although results have not gone exactly to plan for the Blues this season, it has done nothing to diminish what Toure views as the most exciting challenge of his career so far.
The Ivory Coast midfielder always had an inkling life in the Premier League would be ideally suited to his muscular style. And, after abandoning Barcelona to become one of this summer’s highest profile transfers, the 27-year-old has not been disappointed.
Tomorrow he will be part of the Blues side looking to get their domestic campaign back on track by beating Wigan. He knows the Blues face a ferocious battle if they are to end a two-match run without a win. But that is just the way he likes it.
“When I think about the differences between football in Spain and England, the biggest is that in Spain the matches are played slowly with a lot of quality,” said the £24-million man.
“In England everyone has to fight and run for the opportunity to play football. I love that. I know I am suited to the Premier League.”
Having spent so much money over the past three summers, Toure accepts City must now be matching the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United, plus champions Chelsea, who visit Eastlands on September 25.
“I have a lot of respect for these clubs,” he said.
“But our matches against them are going to be very important to know whether we are a strong side as well.
“We are just starting on our path, with a lot of new players but if we work hard I am totally sure we can join these famous clubs.”
As City took six points off Chelsea last season and three off Arsenal, yet have still managed to lose at Sunderland this term and somehow failed to overcome Blackburn on home soil last week, it seems the problems come when they encounter opponents expected to be disposed of with ease.
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