Man City can be better than Barcelona, declares Yaya Touré

The 27-year-old believes the influx of top-quality players will see City overshadow Catalan Giants

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles
yaya toure
Yaya Touré spent three trophy-laden seasons with Barcelona Photo: via Flickr - Marc W

yaya toure

Midfielder Yaya Touré has declared that Manchester City are on their way to becoming better than Barcelona.

Touré, 27, spent three trophy-laden seasons at Camp Nou before joining City last summer for £24m.

And the Ivory Coast international is confident that continued investment from City’s billionaire owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan will see his new club emulate the success of the Catalan giants.

“You cannot compare Barcelona with City right now because Barca are at the top and have top-quality players,” Touré told the Sun.

“They have Leo Messi, Xavi, Andrés Iniesta and Dani Alves, who are fantastic. But we are still signing new players.

“In a couple of years we could be better than Barcelona. What we need to do is continue to work hard and improve with every game.

“I keep saying to my brother Kolo and my family that City have great players but we need to continue to work hard to become great.”

Roberto Mancini’s men currently lie in third place in the Premier League table, eight points behind leaders Manchester United having played a game more.

And Touré says City must focus on securing Champions League football next season. He added: “Our target is still to be in the Champions League next year – that is very important for this club.

“But it will be tough to stay in there because Liverpool are coming and I’m sure Chelsea will be back.”


MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

The Sport Review
Shanghai Masters: Novak Djokovic makes 32 Masters with win over Borna Coric; presses for No1
The Sport Review
Take a tour of Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning house in Madrid
The Sport Review
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house with us
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Chelsea, Arsenal stars feature – Slideshow
The Sport Review
Eden Hazard opens up to Chelsea FC fans about Jose Mourinho regret
The Sport Review
Per Mertesacker: What Arsenal can learn from Chelsea FC
The Sport Review
Jordan Henderson talks up Liverpool FC’s ability to challenge in title race