Yaya Toure: Looking to help Manchester City make history by winning the Premier League title
Yaya Toure insists Manchester City need to achieve sustained success as they sit on the brink of their first league title in nearly half a century.City just need to beat Queens Park Rangers in their final game of the season to confirm their first league title in 44 years.
A first ever Premier League success on top of last season's FA Cup final triumph would represent a creditable return on owner Sheikh Mansour's sizeable investment in the club and justify Toure's own decision to join his revolution.
"Always I have said this club can go far, this club can win something," Toure told the club's official website.
"Khaldoon [Al Mubarak, City chairman] and Mansour are doing incredibly well. They have signed big players and they want to make this club a great club, one of the best clubs in Europe, and they are going the right way.
"Last year, we won the FA Cup and we have to continue like that and next week try to win the game against QPR.
"We know it's going to be tough, but I believe in this team, I believe in the players we have. We have some fantastic players.
"I have always said I came to the club to make history even if some people said I came for different things.
"I am keeping going to tell them I came to this club to make history, and that is my first objective, to help make the club into a successful football club."
StraightforwardThe mathematics for next weekend are straightforward: City simply need to match United's result at Sunderland to lift the title with the two sides locked together on 86 points, but Roberto Mancini's men enjoying a superior goal difference by eight.
However, any slip-up could allow their arch-rivals back into the race, and that is something Toure and his team-mates are determined will not happen.
He said: "Forty-four years is unbelievable - it is too many years and for the fans and the club, it is nice to take three points here.
"We have one game at home against QPR. That's going to be tough too, but we have one match left to play at home and we have to deliver in this game."
Toure certainly did deliver on Tyneside as a game which City had dominated without making the pressure tell headed into its final quarter goalless.
The turning point came with 62 minutes gone when Mancini decided to withdraw Samir Nasri and send on holding midfielder Nigel de Jong, in the process freeing up Toure to push further up the field.
Within eight minutes, he had rifled a 25-yard shot past Tim Krul and into the bottom corner to give the visitors a 70th-minute lead, and although he then contrived to fall over as he tried to round Krul, he was in the right place at the right time to make sure with a second goal a minute from time.
He said: "I think I can say thank you to my experience because I have played so many tough and important games in my career and that has given me more confidence to deliver in such important games.
"I am very happy because it was important to help the team to win this game. For me, the most important thing now is to keep going, keep working hard and try to win next week."