English Premiership

Yaya: City must be like Real Madrid

2015-07-23 18:43
Yaya Toure (file, Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Midfield colossus Yaya Toure says Manchester City must aspire to the standards of Real Madrid and they will get their chance against the Spanish giants in Melbourne.

The Ivorian said City has had a massive boost with the addition of Sterling and Delph in the off-season and they were keen to bounce back after finishing runners-up to Chelsea in the defence of the title they won in 2014.

"The target we have to reach (is) the level of Real Madrid and Barcelona," he said.

"We've signed some great players this year - Sterling and Delph - we will welcome them and we hope they will give us a massive boost this year."

"We need to bounce back and to support our fans - they have supported us for long years and we want to make them proud."

Pellegrini, a former manager at Real Madrid, was looking forward to City facing the Galacticos before an expected 95,000 full house at the MCG.

"It's always special to play against Real Madrid, especially because of the way the fans supported me when I left," he said.

"We are in pre-season and it's friendly but the fans deserve to see a good game, so I'm sure Real Madrid and us will play a good game.

"I have a lot of trust in the squad. All of us want revenge for what happened last season.

"I think the whole squad has the real motivation to win the EPL title and we will see that for the whole season.

"I am absolutely sure that we are going in the competition at a high level."


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