Toure wary of Juventus pedigree

17 September 2010 08:11
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure still believes Juventus are Europa League favourites despite the Blues topping Group A after the first game.City recorded a comfortable 2-0 triumph over Salzburg in Austria while Juventus could only manage a 3-3 draw at home to Polish minnows Lech Poznan. [LNB]The Premier League side host the Italian giants in a fortnight and Toure insists is not underestimating them. [LNB]"I still feel Juventus are the favourites," admitted Toure. [LNB]Goals from David Silva and Jo helped City earn victory over Red Bull Salzburg in their opening Europa League group match.[LNB] Have your say on the Manchester City contest But Juventus' evening was less straightforward as they found themselves two goals down to Poznan. [LNB]Then, after they had staged an impressive comeback to lead 3-2, the two-time European champions conceded in the final minutes as the visitors claimed a point. [LNB]"Juventus are a very big team and for that reason alone they deserve some respect," said Toure.[LNB] [LNB][LNB] "We need to keep our concentration and work hard in training because that game is very important for us, if only because it is our first at home in this competition." [LNB]Victory in a fortnight would leave City perfectly placed to seal a spot in the knockout stages of the competition with four games still to go. [LNB]Not that Toure believes the Blues can take anything for granted. [LNB]"It is a good for us that Juventus drew," added the former Barcelona man. [LNB]"But when you see a team with that kind of standing drawing at home against one like Poznan, it makes you realise football these days is not so easy. [LNB]"Our aim is to win this group. We need to concentrate and work hard to achieve it."

Source: BBC_Sport