Toure: We'll keep pushing for title
Manchester City talisman Yaya Toure has vowed not to give up in the title race. The champions' hopes of retaining their Premier League crown look slim despite cutting Manchester United's lead at the top to 12 points with an impressive 2-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday.
Toure opened the scoring with a neat finish just after the hour, following a rare missed penalty from Chelsea's Frank Lampard, and Carlos Tevez made sure of victory late on with a long-range strike. It was a spirited response after a run of three league games without a win and Toure is determined to maintain that attitude.
"We are very pleased with the win because that is the most important thing for me," the midfielder told City TV. "We have to keep on going and try and win all our games because we know United are in the top spot. We needed 12 wins and we have to keep on going because we don't know the future and you can't say it is finished.
"For the football club and the fans, you can't give up now. We have 11 games remaining and in sport you never know what can happen in the future. We know we have a big calendar, more difficult than them, but we have to keep on going and try and win matches and not let any points (slip) away."
Although the odds on winning the league remain lengthy, City have at least pulled seven points clear of third-placed Chelsea and have seemingly avoided being dragged into a battle for second. Toure felt the result was one of the most important of City's season, even if he doubted it was their best display.
"I don't think so but we needed to make a big performance because Chelsea is a big club," he said. "A big team with big players and we don't want to leave any more space (behind United). It is a very important result and you have to credit all the team, because they performed well.
"If you see the statistics of the game and if you see all the game, you see the defenders made a big, big game and Joe Hart makes a big, big save, and after that we have an option to win. I think it was the key moment of the game.
"If you look at the statistics, Lampard has never missed a penalty like that. Joe has made a fantastic save. It was a big performance from all the team and I am proud of that."