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Toure: Premier League still in our hands

Following an early exit from the Europa League on Thursday at the hands of Sporting Lisbon, Manchester City defender Kolo Toure believes the side showed enough to prove they can win the Premier League, if they improve their first-half form.

• Mancini takes blame for Euro exit

Toure, 31, believes there were many positive aspects to the performance, but lamented another sluggish first-half showing from the Citizens.

"That showed we have the strength and some great quality in there. We just need to show that from the first minute. If we start like we played in that last 30 minutes, nobody can stop us.

"We need to put that in from the first minute - 100% until the end of the game with high concentration, that is the most important. The Premier League is still in our hands, we don't give up, we have to give all.''

"It was unbelievable. We didn't give 100% in the first half but in the second half the manager shouted to us, told us to show a bit of fight. We did that. "But that is the second time - when we played at Swansea the first half wasn't very good. That made us lose the game, definitely. I don't know why (it is), it is just the mentality.

"The season is very long and there is a lot of pressure - maybe it is that, but there is no excuse. We are footballers and we know that the season is going to be difficult. The most difficult time is now, because we are closer to the end of the season. The most important games are now.''

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