Goal caught up with Yaya Toure during Man City's South African tour in Durban, before their Nelson Mandela Day match against AmaZulu on Thursday. Toure looks forward to 2013-14
Ivory Coast star Yaya Toure was disappointed that Manchester City finished runners up in both the English Premier League and FA Cup last season.
Toure won the African Player of the Year award in the 2011-2012 season, and is hoping to inspire his club back to winning ways with new coach Manuel Pellegrini.
“I must be honest, things have been tough here (in South Africa), but we have been working very hard to bounce back. Every time the season starts I always want to win something, either with the club or as an individual,” said Toure.
The former Barcelona midfielder said he is fully aware that last season was not good enough for a club as wealthy as City. They will mainly be disappointed for failing to progress through the group stage of the Champions League for the second year running.
“Looking at our preparations and with the new manager on board, I am confident that things will be better (next season). There are a lot of signings that the club has made and I am sure that will have a positive impact on the side.
“With that in mind, I need to up my game and make sure that I am on my peak at all times. I am also hoping that I will stay injury free for the whole season so that I will be able to deliver,” he said.
The box to box midfielder also told Goal that he is looking forward to playing against José Mourinho's Chelsea next season.
“I am not scared of him. In fact I look forward to playing against him. That is how football is. You need to be brave and take all the challenges that come,” he said.
City's last match of their South African tour comes up against AmaZulu on Thursday. The game will entertain fans in conjunction with the emotional celebration of Nelson Mandela Day. The former South African president Mandela is currently critical in hospital.
Before thinking of their English campaign, the City players need to work on their fitness as they looked jaded against SuperSport United. That resulted in a 2-0 defeat, but with a few more games under their belt they should be ready for the new season.
“We were a bit disappointed losing to SuperSport United, but it was just part of pre-season training. The game against AmaZulu is not going to be easy, and we are hoping that it will add value and challenge us,” he said.