Toure: We want to be as good as Barcelona

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has admitted that his side are building a winning mentality, and admitted that they want to be as good as European champions Barcelona.

Roberto Mancini’s men have been in impressive form, recording seven straight victories in all competitions by beating Villarreal 3-0 on Wednesday night, and Toure has compared the Etihad Stadium outfit to his former employers.

“That’s what we want – to have the same mentality as Barcelona. And everybody is getting that winning mentality,” he told Mirror Football.

“The mentality we have in the squad is fantastic and if you want to win things, you need that.

“We had it at Barcelona and as players you need to be able to work, concentrate for 90 minutes in each game and then recover quickly to play again in three days.

“Every game we go out to play, we have to put pressure on ourselves to be winners. With the team we have now, everybody has that and everyone is improving.

“The team is evolving. Everyone enjoys themselves on the pitch and if we continue like this, it will be a fantastic year for us,” he concluded.

City hold a five point lead at the top of the Premier League, and will hope to keep this gap by maintaining their winning form against QPR at Loftus Road on Saturday.

By Gareth McKnight