Instrumental in Citizens' rise to top of the league, Ivorian admits winning the title would be an incredible feeling, and says English game is like nothing he's experienced before
Toure has been instrumental in Manchester City’s rise to the summit of the Premier League and says winning titles with Roberto Mancini’s men would mean so much more than the trophies he won at his former club.
“At Barcelona, it was sometimes so easy to play because we were a lot better than other teams so to play as a defender in the Champions League final was not as difficult as you might think,” Toure was quoted as saying by The Daily Mail.
“We were amazing that year so it was not that hard.
“Here at City we have different challenges and to me the Premier League means everything. You have to understand that I mean that.
“One time when I was still in Spain I saw Kolo [Toure] and [Didier] Drogba when I was with the national team. A few months earlier Drogba had won the Premier League.
“I said, 'Didier I saw you on the TV and you were so happy. I have never seen you like that. Why was that?'
“He told me it was because it's just so hard to win the Premier League that the happiness is like nothing before.
“Even when you go to Blackburn and Stoke and Blackpool . . . it is so hard every week. He said I wouldn't understand until I played here. He was right.
“He told me that here you play Boxing Day, New Year's Day . . . you never get a break. I had not experienced it before.
“So when you win you are so happy. When I signed for City I called my brother and told him if we won any cup I would be so happy.
“We won the FA Cup last season and that was great. But the big target now is the Premier League. If I win the Premier League, I will go crazy.”
Toure has admitted he initially struggled with the pace and power of the Premier League but has singled out Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard as the perfect role model for his transition.
“Guys like Lampard, they play good football but they take it so seriously and play very hard. Football for them is everything. They take it so personally because they don't want to lose. They don't quit.
“When they go on the field they simply think they will win every time and that is why they are so aggressive.
“That is why people love the Premier League. No team ever gives up. That is the difference between the Premier League and La Liga and the French league.
“That, really, is why I am here.”