Toure backs City strikers to shine

Yaya Toure believes Manchester City have the striking power that could power them to another Premier League title.

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In Sunday's Community Shield win over Chelsea, Carlos Tevez signalled a return to form and fitness after last season's trials and tribulations, scoring a fine goal that put City in front on their way to an eventual 3-2 triumph.

The 28-year-old's partnership with Sergio Aguero is already well-established at international level and could be a key component in City's bid for glory on domestic and European fronts.

In addition, manager Roberto Mancini has Edin Dzeko to call upon, plus Mario Balotelli, who made such a big impact at Euro 2012.

With Toure and Samir Nasri both capable of finding the net, as they did at Villa Park, and David Silva being eased back after a late return to pre-season training, the Blues have firepower no-one else can match.

"We have some fantastic strikers," the midfielder said.

"They are so sharp and clever. We put Carlos and Aguero there against Chelsea but it could have been Dzeko or Mario.

"The most important thing is that no matter what team the boss picks, it plays well."

City scored 93 times on their way to a first title in 44 years last term, and that was without Tevez for half a season after he went AWOL following his well-publicised spat with Mancini in Munich.

He looked good on Sunday though. And the impish manner he drove across the Chelsea box, beating David Luiz and John Terry, before changing direction to hammer a right-footed shot beyond Petr Cech was a reminder of his early performances at City.

For some, the stain on his character from last year's sorry events can never be removed.

Thankfully for Tevez, his team-mates do not share that view.

"Of course (the players like him)," said Toure. "He is a fantastic guy and a fantastic professional.

"He made a mistake. But the most important thing when you make a mistake you have to apologise. He apologised to everyone.

"Now he has come back and wants to show he will give everything for the team.

"His partnership with Aguero is fantastic.

"They have played for Argentina before. Now they play for Manchester City.

"I am sure they will score a lot of goals for the club."

Not that the City camp is entirely a happy one.

With Joleon Lescott sitting out the game and Stefan Savic replaced at half-time as he struggled to cope with Torres, Mancini opted for just three defenders during the second period, instead reinforcing his midfield.

It is the tactic which Wigan used to such startling effect last season, but clearly did not go down well with Kolo Toure, who was left frustrated on the bench and threw his kit bag onto the team bus after apparently having a furious row with Mancini.

As one of the first things Jack Rodwell did following his £15million arrival from Everton was confirm he can play in central defence, even though he has never actually done it for the Toffees at senior level, Toure's future at City looks bleak.

That puts Yaya in a potentially tricky position.

For now the Ivorian is more bothered about the season ahead, and principally, ensuring City do much better in the Champions League than last term's group stage exit.

"That is very important," he added. "We want to take this team as far as it can go, so in the Champions League it means making sure we reach that second round.

"I had two seasons at Barcelona. In the first one I went to the semi-final. In the second we won it against United. Hopefully that experience will help.

"We have a lot of confidence. We have a fantastic squad, with a fantastic manager. I am sure we can go a long way."



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