Etihad should be our fortress, says Yaya
- Sun 23 Sep 2012, 8:29AM
- Posted by Nicola McCarthy
Ahead of this afternoon’s showdown with Arsenal, Yaya Toure is urging his side to become invincible at the Etihad Stadium.
Ironically, the last team to earn that label was the Gunners who eight years ago finished a whole top flight season unbeaten, anywhere.
“Toure fears the current crop of Gunners will cause his side even more problems than Real Madrid did, unless City can turn their stadium into a fortress again,” writes the Daily Star’s Paul Brown.
“He claims City need to make it impossible for their title rivals to win at the Etihad – and that means they must stop conceding so many goals after letting in six in four games this term.”
The paper also quotes the Ivory Coast international who was speaking after City’s 3-2 defeat at the hands of Real Madrid.
“For us to be successful we need to win at home,” said Yaya.
“A championship team needs to be invincible in its own stadium and that is the challenge – zero points dropped in an entire season.
“This match is worth four points – three in the table and one extra because of the level of the rival.
Facing Arsenal is not easy and I am convinced they will cause us more problems than Real Madrid did this week.
“The defeat in Madrid was hard to take because victory was so nearly in our hands.
“But perhaps it’s a lesson for us. We need to be decisive in the key moments and stop giving our rivals chances.
Elsewhere this morning, Roberto Mancini has again defended the club’s transfer spending after alleged criticism from Arsenal’s Arsène Wenger.
According to The Mail, the Italian has also warned his Premier League title rivals there will in fact be more activity.
"Every team plays with 11 players," the Italian stressed.
"If we want to stay at the top with all of the other teams that have spent a lot of money in the last 10 years – a lot, a lot, a lot.
I think that we need to improve sometimes and buy top players.