Yaya Toure claims 'the dream is now real' after Manchester City beat Stoke to win FA Cup

Ivorian matchwinner admits it was a difficult game at Wembley but is keen to celebrate a 'fantastic' victory with the fans after trophy drought ends

After his strike won the FA Cup for Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure revealed his delight that the Blues had secured some silverware in his first season at the club.

Toure, whose strike against Manchester United put Roberto Mancini's men into the final, was the hero again as he smashed a 74th minute shot past Thomas Sorensen from 12 yards to end the Blues' 35 year wait for a major trophy.

“It’s fantastic to win, Manchester City is a big club and it’s fantastic,” he told ITV Sport.

“I think it’s fantastic for the club, the dream is now real.”

The midfielder was the driving force behind City’s performance at Wembley, a game they dominated even though they struggled to break down a resolute Stoke City defence.

However, when a loose ball fell to the Ivorian inside the penalty area he fired the ball home, and revealed he was confident he had hit a decent strike.

“It was difficult,” he continued.

“There were a lot of players up front, but I shot at the goal and I knew I had shot it well.”

The 1-0 victory capped a perfect week for the Blues who secured Champions League football for next season with a victory over Tottenham, and Toure was delighted that his first season had ended on such a high.

“For me I said when I joined it would be fantastic if we could win something,” he added.

“To go to the Champions League and now [win the FA Cup] it’s amazing, and we want to celebrate with the fans.”

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