Yaya Toure eyes FA Cup glory

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure hopes his side can experience the joy of winning the FA Cup again this season.

Toure running the show for the Citizens.

By ESPNSTAR.com staff

City would have to take on Watford in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday without their talismanic midfield engine Toure, who joined up with the Ivory Coast squad to prepare for the upcoming African Cup of Nations tournament.

Roberto Mancini's men last won the tournament two seasons ago, with Toure scoring the winning goal for his side in a 1-0 win over Stoke City; the Citizens' FA Cup success in 2011 was the club's first major trophy since 1976 and gave them the confidence to win the Premier League title last season.

And Toure expressed his wish to recapture the magic of winning the FA Cup once again this season.

"I'll be keeping up with what is happening while I'm away and I'm hoping I can take part in the FA Cup on my return," Toure was quoted as saying by the official Manchester City website.

"It's a very special competition for me because it's where our journey as a team began.

"It's where the trophies started and was our first achievement and it's definitely a completion we would love to win again. 

"I'll never forget scoring the winning goals in the semi-final and final in 2011 so the FA Cup will always mean a great deal to me on a personal level.

"We are out of Europe now so it's important we focus on the competitions we can still win - it's vital we do this because we want to win more and more cups for our fans and I think they would really enjoy another trip to Wembley."

With City currently seven points behind league leaders Manchester United in the Premier League table, Toure believes it will be a tough ask for his side to clinch the title from the Red Devils but urged his side to continue fighting on all fronts.

"We have to win something this season but nothing comes easily," Toure added.

"We need to keep everyone fit and I hope it is like last year when we managed to avoid injuries to all our major players because it is a time of the campaign when you need your strongest team available."

Depending on how well Ivory Coast do in the African Cup of Nations, City might have to do without Toure for up to five weeks, but the 29-year-old could be back for his club to take part in the fifth round of the FA Cup if the Citizens progress that far.

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