Toure desperate for Euro glory

Yaya Toure has admitted he would rather win the Champions League than the Premier League as Manchester City prepare to face Barcelona.

Last Updated: 18/02/14 at 08:49 Post Comment

Yaya Toure: Would rather win Champions League than Premier League

Yaya Toure: Would rather win Champions League than Premier League

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Toure helped Barca to the treble of Champions League, La Liga and Copa Del Rey in their historic 2008-09 campaign before making a £24million switch to the Etihad in July 2010.

Now the Ivorian, who has scored an impressive 15 times this season, wants to knock Gerardo Martino's side out of the tournament and go on to win the competition with City in Lisbon in May.

"In England the main objective is to win the Premier League," said the 30-year-old. "But for me the Champions League is exceptional. If I had the chance to win the Champions League rather than the Premier League I would jump on that.

"And if we manage to knock out Barcelona we'll take huge confidence for the rest of the competition."

Toure is relishing the tie although he admits he would prefer to play his old side later in the competition.

"Their players know to lift themselves at the right time, that people are waiting for it. It's the Champions League, the last 16. They will be concentrating hard and applying themselves.

"They know the match is played over two games and they have a lot of experience. Having played there, I know all about their mentality.

"When they enter any competition, whether it's a cup or any match over two legs, they concentrate hard.

"Barcelona are always expected to reach the semi-finals - to go out before is very surprising for people.

"I'd have preferred to play over there first and then at our place but, all things considered, it's Barca and I don't want to play them right now to be honest with you.

"But that's the way things turned out and I have to play Barcelona."

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