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Yaya: Let's go for the jugular

17 Sep 2010 08:18:11

| Submit Comments| Comments (74)| Printable Version1/1Play SlideshowClose MapYaya Toure urged City to go for the jugular when they take on Juventus in a Euro crunch match at the end of the month. The Blues got off to a flying start in Group A by winning 2-0 in Salzburg last night, and news that the Italian giants had slipped up by drawing 3-3 at home to Polish outfit Lech Poznan further cheered the players. But Yaya dismissed the bookies? odds, which make City favourites to lift the trophy in the Dublin final in May, with Liverpool second favourites ahead of Juve. The Ivory Coast star still feels the nerazzurri are the team to beat ? and believes that is why City can take a huge leap towards qualifying as group winners if they beat them at Eastlands on September 30. ?That will be a big night for us, our first game at home in the group,? he said.? We need to win the game, but we also have to show Juve respect because they are a huge team in Europe. ?Juventus are still the favourites to win this cup for me, but we can do it if we stay focussed and work hard.? Yaya also said that Juve?s slip was a reminder to City that they can take no-one lightly at this level. ?When you see Juventus play at home and draw 3-3 you realise how football is not so easy now, and it teaches us we must keep our concentration to win this group,? he said. ?We can go close to winning the group if we beat them. Juventus are a very big team and we will have to keep our concentration.? Goals from David Silva ? his first for the club ? and Jo sealed the win in Austria, and Yaya said it had only been a matter of time before he made an impact. Possession ?David is a very important player for us,? said the former Barcelona ace. He has very nice qualities. I played against him in Spain, so I know all about his technique. ?He scored a good goal and after that kept possession very well in a good team performance.? City also made six changes from the side which drew with Blackburn, and that shows the strength in depth, said Yaya. ?We have a lot of players and a lot of qualities ? James Milner is a very important player for us and he didn?t play, which shows how good our squad is.? Yaya himself said he is still adapting to life in the Premier League.  ?When you change a team it?s not easy and you need time to adapt. I said I wanted to come to England and play in the Premier League, and now I need to work hard and prove myself in every game. It?s a big change from Spain!? Silva dictated play from his position behind Carlos Tevez and Jo, and Vincent Kompany said the best is yet to some. ?We have seen in training that he is an amazing player, and he will be very important for us at times this season,? said the big Belgian, again a tower of strength at the heart of the Blues? defence. Kompany added that the early goal had made all the difference: ?In the last two games we performed well but didn?t get that goal.?


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