Saturday 24 February 2018

Toure insists Vieira can aid City trophy push

Mark Ogden

KOLO TOURE has defended Manchester City's acquisition of Patrick Vieira by claiming that his former Arsenal team-mate will accelerate the club's drive towards silverware.

Vieira (33) has played twice for the club since his arrival from Inter Milan on a free transfer last month, but, having overcome the calf injury that delayed his debut for almost a month, he is expected to line up against Stoke City in today's FA Cup fifth-round tie at Eastlands.

Having played alongside the French midfielder during Arsenal's 'Invincible' campaign in 2003-'04, when Arsene Wenger's team went unbeaten throughout an entire Premier League season, Toure insists that Vieira can help instil the same winning mentality at City.

Toure said: "It is massive having Patrick with us because of his experience, his maturity and his intelligence. What he has done for us already is great.

"When he came to Arsenal, I was like his little brother and I was really happy to see him again in Manchester. We have been to each other's houses with Ade (Emmanuel Adebayor) and had long talks about what we can achieve for the club.

"We all want to bring something to this football club. We were bought for our quality, but we were bought for our experience as well. What we can bring is the winning."

City face Stoke without Adam Johnson, the England U-21 winger, who is cup-tied, having played against City with Middlesbrough in the third round.

Roberto Mancini's team are favourites to reach the quarter-finals. Having failed to win a trophy with Arsenal since the '05 FA Cup, Toure acknowledges that his determination to claim silverware is as strong as City's, whose trophy drought stands at 34 years.

Toure said: "We know we have to win a trophy because the first will be crucial for us. At Arsenal, at the start of every season, the talk was the same -- we have to win a trophy. It is the same here and we need to believe we can win a trophy.

"It was really, really difficult to take when we lost to Manchester United in the Carling Cup semi-final, but now the FA Cup and the Premier League are massive to us. The FA Cup is still a massive trophy and, when you win it, you have to go through some hard games. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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