Ivorian star, Yaya Toure has refused to put his present club Manchester Cityt in the cadre of ‘great clubs’ as he argues that the Citizens will only remain in the periphery until they leave a mark on the Champions League.
The Citizens have never progressed beyond the last-16 stage of Europe’s elite competition, with Manuel Pellegrini’s men eliminated by Barcelona in each of the last two seasons.
It is not any better on the domestic scene where the Sky Blues have also struggled to assert their dominance on a consistent basis as they surrendered their Premier League title to Chelsea by an eight-point margin last term.
“We know that to be a big club we must continue winning important trophies and making our imprint in Europe,” the Ivorian told reporters.
“If we do that, people will say Manchester City is one of the great clubs. “The target is to try and compete as much as possible in all competitions.
“We know it’s difficult because things can happen during the season like injuries, but we know we have the team and we have the squad. The mentality is positive.”
City are top of the league, level on points with Arsenal, and they look poised to reach the second round of the Champions League once more, sitting second in Group D; one point adrift of Juventus.