Toure: No rifts in City squad

2010-11-01 14:09

Johannesburg - Kolo Toure insists there are no rifts in the camp after calling on the Manchester City players to start taking more responsibility.

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City's surprise 2-1 defeat at Wolves on Saturday was a second straight loss for Roberto Mancini's side, who now trail Premier League leaders Chelsea by eight points.

The wealth of high-profile players at Mancini's disposal has led to questions as to how the Italian will be able to successfully manage all the egos in his dressing room.

Vincent Kompany and Emmanuel Adebayor were involved in a heated exchange after the Wolves game, but Toure is adamant there are no major issues.

"No, not at all," he said in response to suggestions of a rift.

"We are a team and in any team there are problems. But the important thing is to try to resolve them in the dressing room and the training camp."

Toure believes they must recover quickly and said: "We know we are a big team now. Everyone expects us to be at the top.

"We need to take more responsibility. When you play for one of the richest clubs in the world, you just need to deliver on the pitch.

"The criticism is good because that will makes us work harder."

City travel to face Lech Poznan on Thursday in the Europa League before meeting West Brom at the Hawthorns on Sunday.


  • Louis - 2010-11-01 14:53

    1 or max 2 more losses and Mancini is history...too many big names that did not come through City's rank's and they cannot gel, Anyway I dont give a s..t as they spent to much money on players and the cracks are starting to show. Gunner.

  • WTF - 2010-11-01 15:18

    Ja right. This Man City team is full of denial. No team ethics will push this overly priced team further down the drain or should i say log!

  • Harold - 2010-11-01 15:31

    Where there is smoke there is fire. It won't be long before Citeh's title challenge fizzles out due what making them strong also weakens them.

  • richard - 2010-11-01 16:11

    Emmanuel Adebayor which is the bigger team now,Kolo Toure are you still happy at your new club

  • rightguard - 2010-11-01 19:38

    Talk about egos none as big as that of the manager since he stepped into the job.Firstly he wants to show that only HIS players not of the previous manager are the players worthy to be in the starting eleven.He made a big blunder with the younster Boyate by choosing him ahead of Lescott.He could not see the risk of fielding such an inexperienced player in a pivotal position.He played him against Chelsea and was booked for an unnecessary foul.If Mancini cannot learn from this episode he will never learn leading to more conflict and strife in the side.

  • Thami, Kempton Park - 2010-11-02 08:53

    Thank you Citeh for the 41 million pounds [Moneybayor and Toure]. The village idiot that is Adebayor is already fighting with teammates; he did the same thing against Bendtner in that White Hart Lane 5-1 defeat in the Carling Cup... it is still a bad spot in the Gunners' history.

  • Spurs Supporter - 2010-11-02 09:21

    As Sir Alex once said, "money wont buy you success". This City side will be dismanteld just as quickly as they were assembled. Most of the top players are there for the money, not the success. City will NOT win a single trophy this year and Mancini will be long gone by then. Qualification for Champions League may be their greatest success this season

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