Yaya Toure says that Roberto Mancini’s belief in his squad has played a crucial role in Manchester City overtaking local rival Manchester United at the top of the Premier League table.
City was languishing eight points behind the Red Devils in early April but now knows that a win against QPR on Sunday would guarantee the club its first top-flight title since 1968, and Toure has hailed the "unbelievable" efforts of the former Inter coach.
"Full credit to Mancini – an unbelievable boss," he told reporters. "He always believed in us, he always tries to tell us, 'Guys, you have to believe in yourselves. Man United can drop some points. The most important thing is that you have to keep on winning games.'
"And if we keep on winning we feel United can drop enough points for us. And we did it."
Toure scored both of City’s goals in a 2-0 win against Newcastle last time out but is aware that that the team still has to perform against QPR in the final game of the season.
"[We are] very happy but I think the job is not done yet we have to continue to win and look after Sunday," he added. "It will be amazing [to win the title] because it's for that that I came to City, to make history, and I hope I will make this history the next week. But we know it's going to be tough against QPR because they need the points."
The Ivory Coast international also accepted that his strike to open the deadlock against the Magpies was vital, but feels that he has scored better goals earlier in his career.
"Yeah, that was very important, but brilliant? I think not, because I scored a more brilliant goal in Barcelona [before joinig City]," he stated. "But I think it was amazing [as it was a] very important game for the title race but I think I got lucky to be in the right [place at the right] time to score this important goal for my team."
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