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Tuesday 20 March 2018

Toure brushes off criticism

Yaya Toure was on target as City opened with a 3-0 victory at West Brom
Yaya Toure was on target as City opened with a 3-0 victory at West Brom

Yaya Toure has brushed off any criticism of Manchester City and insisted they will ignore their doubters.

But the midfielder also played down City's lightening start - ahead of their showdown with title rivals Chelsea - after he scored in their 3-0 win over West Brom.

City cruised past the Baggies on Monday and they host Barclays Premier League title rivals Chelsea on Sunday.

Manuel Pellegrini's side are aiming to regain the title from the Blues after finishing second last season and, ahead of their clash, Toure will aim to forget their critics.

He said: "I think last season people were talking all the time. Last season was not the best season for us, but second in the table isn't bad at all. There's been a lot of criticism about me but it was not been a bad season.

"I know what I want, I know what I have to do, I don't care what people are saying about me. Sometimes people understand we are human beings. Things can go wrong.

"When you're fully focused in your job, you love your job and want to win all the time.

"The Premier League is very tough, there's a very long way to go.

"Sunday is going to be tough again after that we have Everton. I think it is a strong start. We are fully focused this year."

Albion's Joleon Lescott, who won two titles at City, faced his old club and was beaten to the ball by Vincent Kompany to score the visitors' third goal after David Silva had flicked in Toure's shot for the opener, which eventually came off Craig Dawson.

The defender played at the Etihad between 2009 to 2014 and wants them to recapture the title from Chelsea.

"It's early to say but I'm sure they expect themselves to win the title. Hopefully they will. I know how they think and I hope they do," he said.

"Obviously it's evolved again. They have new faces coming in freshen it up and Raheem (Sterling) will add a different dimension. I wish him all the best and them all the best."

New £12million record buy Salomon Rondon watched the game and Albion boss Tony Pulis admitted he took advice from City boss Manuel Pellegrini and ex-Tottenham chief Andre Villas-Boas over his latest signing.

He added: "I spoke to Manuel and Andre Villas-Boas who have both worked in the Premier League and both worked with the lad.

"We have watched him but he comes highly recommended by those two."

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