Yaya Toure says Manchester City can be the best team in the world in two years’ time. Will the UEFA Champions League trophy soon be on its way to Eastlands?
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Yaya Toure believes Manchester City can be bigger and better than the mighty Barcelona within two years.
With City’s financial might and ambition to get to the same level as European heavyweights like Barca, Manchester United and Real Madrid, Toure believes they will be a major force within the next few years.
“At the moment you can’t compare Barcelona with City because Barca are at the top and have top quality players,” said Toure, who played at the Nou Camp for three years.
“Lionel Messi, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Dani Alves, they’re all fantastic.
“But City are still signing new players. In a couple of years we could maybe be better than Barcelona.
“What we need to continue to do is work hard and try to continue to improve with every game.
“I keep saying to my brother and my family that City have great players but we need to continue to work hard to become a great team.”
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
It is difficult to argue with much Yaya Toure has said here.
Though the eight point deficit to arch rivals Manchester United looks nigh on impossible to overcome – and the Red Devils have a game in hand, too – Manchester City have made quite some progress this season, and look well on course to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.
Should they do that, they will be able to attract almost any player in the world.
Man City are certainly improving then, but Barcelona hardly look as if they are in decline.
They spend more on youth development and scouting than any other team in the world, and so continue to develop fantastic players – as well as spend hefty amounts on transfers themselves – with Zlatan Ibrahimovic (approximately £58.2m) and David Villa (around £33.7m) recent high profile acquisitions.
Manchester City did beat Barcelona 0-1 at Camp Nou in the Joan Gamper Trophy in August 2009, but Barca did not play the strongest of sides, and City have reshuffled hugely since then.
It would be interesting to see how the teams matched up should they meet in Europe next season.