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Manchester City star Yaya Toure insists Juventus still Europa League favourites
Published : 17 Sep 2010 07:44:10
Yaya Toure still believes Juventus are Europa League favourites even though Manchester City have already swept past them in Group A. While City were recording a comfortable 2-0 triumph over Salzburg in Austria, Juve were having a difficult evening in their Turin stronghold. City slicker: Yaya Toure in action against Salzburg The Italian giants found themselves two goals down to Polish minnows Lech Poznan.Then, after staging a comeback to lead 3-2, they conceded in the final minutes to allow the visitors to claim a point. As City must face Juventus at Eastlands in a fortnight, the task of beating them looks very manageable. But Toure still has immense respect for the 'Old Lady' of Serie A and is not discounting them just yet. 'Istill feel Juventus are the favourites,' he said. 'They are a very bigteam and for that reason alone they deserve some respect. 'Weneed to keep our concentration and work hard in training because thatgame is very important for us, if only because it is our first at homein this competition.' Delight: Artjoms Rudnevs celebrates with team-mate Ivan Djurdjevic after scoring Lech Poznan's equaliser Nevertheless, Toure accepts last night's results worked in City's favour. Victory in a fortnight would leave City perfectly placed to seal a spot in next year's knockout round with four games still to go. Not that Toure believes the Blues can take anything for granted. 'It is a good for us that Juventus drew,' he said. '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. 'Our aim is to win this group. We need to concentrate and work hard to achieve it.'