Man City midfielder Toure: Forget Man Utd, Barcelona true benchmark

Yaya Toure says Manchester City's goal should be challenging Barcelona - not Manchester United - ahead of today's derby.

Yaya Toure says Manchester City's goal should be challenging Barcelona - not Manchester United - ahead of today's derby.

Toure wants Roberto Mancini’s men to set their sights on catching his former club rather than becoming obsessed with just claiming local bragging rights.

He said: “You could say that the goal against United has been the highlight of my career so far.

“It was a big moment for the club and to also score in the final against Stoke was also important because it made the fans happy. Thirty-five years is a long time to wait for a trophy.

“There are new challenges now. Against United we will be aiming to stay at the top of the league.

“But with the players that we have brought in this summer, like Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri, we are good enough to compete in any competition now.

“My hope is that one day we will be up there with Barcelona. With the players Barca have I think that they will be the best for a while yet. But they are the club we should try to be like. We must keep improving.

“City have only just started winning trophies again, but one day I think we can start winning several trophies every season like Barca.

“City have a fantastic ambition. Just look at the players we have signed – some of the top players in the world.

“I think the owner wants to take the project to the very top – and that means Barcelona. I think the next few years will see us win trophies.”

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