Toure: I want to win the Champions League for Manchester City

The Ivory Coast international was criticised for his performance against Bayern Munich in midweek but insists the club’s supporters will always stand by him


Yaya Toure has revealed his burning desire to win the Champions League for Manchester City’s fans.

Toure came in for criticism earlier this week for his performance in the 1-0 loss to Bayern Munich, with several pundits claiming that he did not play well enough to justify his selection.

The Ivory Coast international, however, believes the club’s fans will always stick by him, leading to his wish to win Europe’s elite club competition to repay their faith.

“I know the fans love me; they are always good to me,” he told Football Focus.

“My target now is the Champions League. I want to win it for them.”

Manuel Pellegrini, meanwhile, defended Toure and claims that the 31-year-old is struggling to cope with the death of his brother Ibrahim, insisting that City will stand by him.

“Maybe he had a lot of personal problems with his brother,” he added.

“There are a lot of human things and maybe that is why he is not in his best performance at the moment.

“As a team, as a coach, as a club we must support him because he is a very important player, he makes a difference and I’m sure he will return to his best. But he is always being criticised.”

City continue their Champions League campaign against Roma on September 30.

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