Toure ready for Chelsea test
Kolo Toure says Manchester City are ready for the visit of Chelsea this weekend - and the Premier League leaders are sure to get their first real test.
Cheslea have a 100% record after five games and have conceded just the one goal, but their fixture list has been kind with all their games being against teams expected to finish in the bottom half of the table. But the run has given the current champions a huge boost of confidence going into the game against City, before they host Arsenal the following weekend.
Man City did the double over Chelsea last term, winning 4-2 at Stamford Bridge and 2-1 on home turf.
"We were delighted to beat them twice last season and we hope to do it again," Toure said. "It's going to be a really exciting game. We need to make sure we take something from it. If we can get one point that would be great, but if we can get all three like we did twice last season, that would be fantastic.
"The manager wants us to work really hard on defending every day in training because when you defend well, it gives you the chance to win games. We don't concede many goals because we are really tight as a unit and work really hard for each other. We hope we can keep going like this.
"What we will have to do is defend as a team, like we have been doing, and stay really focused. Then, when we can, we'll have to be really aggressive with them."
Central defender Toure also spoke about the devastating form of Ivory Coast team-mate Didier Drogba.
"He's a goalscorer," added Toure. "All he thinks about is scoring goals. But this season he is passing well and making a lot of assists as well. That makes him a much better player. It seems like he's getting better with age because he's such an intelligent player.
"He's had to change his game. He knows he needs more help from his team-mates now. He used to like to do a lot himself, but now he shows he cares about the team and that's really good.
"I know his game well, but he's still difficult to play against because he's so powerful. He's playing so well and with all these assists, he seems to have improved his style of playing. At the moment, I'd say he's on fire. So we're going to have to defend really well as a team to stop him. We're going to have to be really strong on Saturday."