Monday, November 1, 2010

Toure calls for Man City response

Kolo Toure
Toure has dismissed reports of dressing room unrest

Defender Kolo Toure has called on his Manchester City team-mates to make a swift response after back-to-back Premier League defeats.

They were beaten 2-1 by Wolves on Saturday and lost 3-0 to Arsenal last weekend as pressure mounted on City manager Roberto Mancini.

"We need to take more responsibility," said Ivory Coast star Toure.

"When you play for one of the richest clubs in the world, you just need to deliver on the pitch."

City have won only five of their opening 10 league matches and are now eight points behind leaders Chelsea.


The club spent heavily in the summer bringing in big-name recruits such as midfielder James Milner and striker Mario Balotelli, so their recent defeats have attracted a lot of negative attention.

There have also been reports of dressing room unrest with some national newspapers reporting bust-ups between players and unhappiness at Mancini's methods. Striker Emmanuel Adebayor and defender Vincent Kompany were also seen arguing during Saturday's defeat.

Toure said the players welcomed criticism but denied there were any rifts in the camp.

"The criticism is good because that will make us work harder," stated Toure.

When asked whether there were divisions in the squad he replied: "No, not at all.

"We are a team and in any team there are problems. But the important thing is to try to resolve them in the dressing room and the training camp."

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