Toure talks up Chelsea challenge

Manchester City midfielder Yaya ToureManchester City star Yaya Toure believes his side will have to be at their “very best” to get past Chelsea in the FA Cup on Sunday.

City’s chances of defending the Premier League title appear all but over despite their victory in the Manchester derby last time out as they trail their city rivals Manchester United by 12 points, leaving the FA Cup as their only realistic chance of landing silverware this season.

Toure, who helped City secure the trophy in 2011, is desperate to secure the FA Cup title but feels his side will have to be on top form to see off semi-final opponents Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday.

“All we can do is do everything in our power to win the game both individually and as a team,” Toure told the official Manchester City website.

“We have a really tough challenge because Chelsea are a very good team and they have some fantastic players and to beat them we will have to be at our very best.

“We were faced with a similar challenge against Manchester United in 2011 and it was because we fought so hard and played really well that we beat them – the same is required on Sunday and we can’t leave the pitch with any regrets.

“I’m very focused on what we have to do and the whole team is and if we win, we will have done so because we deserve it.

“Wembley is a very special place for me and I have some great memories from our last FA Cup run, particularly the semi-final and final for obvious reasons so I hope I can experience more great moments this season.”

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