Yaya Toure, Manchester City
Tuesday Aug 08, 2017. 12:00
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure believes that they can win major trophies with the club's head coach Pep Guardiola's philosophy.
Guardiola, who enjoyed a lot of success with Spanish giants FC Barcelona and German outfit Bayern Munich, failed to win a major trophy in his first season with City.
Toure has stated that the current philosophy is similar to his time at Barca under the accomplished Spanish tactician.
"The mentality of the manager is playing good and winning -- not just winning. We want the fans to enjoy it and we try to do our best. If we have to score more then we will score more," Toure said on Kwesse Sports.
"At Barcelona I was used to playing like that. I'm a type of player with a lot of experience. I think I'm lucky because I used to play under Pep at Barcelona and I know what he wants.
"He was a brilliant midfielder and [City coach] Mikel Arteta as well, and those two have helped me a lot and given me a lot of confidence. I'm just there to enjoy it and win trophies and that is what I want," he added.
The Citizens have been impressive during their pre-season matches and Toure is particularly pleased with their 3-0 victory over fellow English side West Ham United last week Friday.
"It's good for the confidence, it's good for the next game. The game we had against West Ham is the typical type of game we're going to have usually in the Premier League and maybe in Europe," he continued.
"I think we find a difficult opponent who close the line, they don't attack, they don't open and I think it was good training for that because the games we produced against Madrid and Tottenham were quite open.
"For us it was good to have good pressing and we found it a bit difficult because it was a long ball and the second ball was very important but I thought we had a good game," Toure stressed.
"In the first half when we get the chance to score the goal I said I think they're going to be open. But I think West Ham after the first goal, they stayed with the same system and it was difficult," he explained.
"But I think it's good we can learn and try to adapt to the way the opponent is playing and make the break."
The 34-year-old and his City team-mates will take on Brighton and Hove Albion in their first 2017/18 English Premier League match on Saturday.