Manuel Pellegrini’s men know two victories at home to Aston Villa and West Ham will almost certainly secure the trophy, but the Ivorian is warning against complacency
Yaya Toure insists Manchester City expect to win their second Premier League title after beating Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Goals from Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko secured a 3-2 win over the Toffees and put Manuel Pellegrini’s men top of the table with just two rounds of matches still to play.
City now know that beating Aston Villa and West Ham at the Etihad Stadium will almost certainly see them regain the Premier League trophy they first won in dramatic fashion in 2012.
And Toure – who has been instrumental in his side’s charge, scoring 19 league goals from midfield – admits there is an expectation within the squad that they will finish the job.
“We definitely expect for us to win [the title] now,” the Ivorian international told reporters.
“It was important to win today to keep in the hunt for the title. Everton are a very good side, we knew that, and at the end it was very tight, very difficult. But we needed three points.
“We’ve been working so hard this year and if we don’t win the trophy now it will be a massive disappointment for us, and for the club and the fans as well.”
City’s first title win was almost scuppered by QPR on the final day of the season, with Aguero scoring a dramatic winner in the dying seconds, and Toure warns his team-mates cannot afford to lose focus.
“It’s definitely the same situation for us now as it was against QPR,” he added.
“West Ham and Aston Villa have good players and they can be difficult to play against, especially at the end of the season. They want to show their fans what they can do and end the season on a high.
“So we have to be clever against them and we have to keep our concentration because it isn’t finished yet.
“We need to be careful. Liverpool are still so close behind us, so we need to do the job in our final two games.
“We’ve already won the Capital One Cup, so winning two trophies in one season would be massive for the club. We need to deliver.”