FA Cup final: Yaya Toure eager to maintain momentum at Manchester City

City play Wigan at Wembley on Saturday

When Yaya Toure signed a new four-year contract with Manchester City last month, he did so with occasions such as Saturday's FA Cup final in mind.

The inspirational midfielder wrote his name into City folklore in the 2011 final when he scored the goal that secured the club's first trophy in 35 years.

That success was followed by last year's stunning Barclays Premier League title win and Toure wants this glorious new era to continue with another Wembley victory against Wigan this weekend.

Toure has been City's driving force since arriving from Barcelona, where he won the Champions League in 2009, three years ago.

His brilliance throughout his time at the Etihad Stadium led to speculation suggesting he might move on this summer but, having grown attached to the City project and their ambition to win trophies, he committed to a new deal.

The 29-year-old said: "It is very important. That's why I came to City, to make history, to be part of the history of the club and to help the club achieve things.

"It is not finished here yet. I want to do my best to achieve the most trophies that is possible.

"I hope we win the trophy this year because it is very important for us.

"I love to play big games because the big matches are so important and I am so determined.

"For me the most important thing is to be 100 per cent right, to be at the top level, because to win those trophies or even win one Premier League is so difficult.

"You need to work so hard in training to be as good as possible."

City's season has not reached the heights of the voyage of discovery that led to their drought-ending success in 2011 or last year's exhilarating title win.

Their title defence was underwhelming and they slumped out of the Champions League at the group stage.

But while the acceleration of their progress may have slowed, they can still end the campaign handsomely, and maintain the trophy-winning momentum, by securing second place and the FA Cup.

City are odds-on favourites against the relegation-threatened Latics at Wembley but Toure has warned there can be no complacency.

He said: "It is always difficult. You have to be prepared, you have to be focused and, the moment the game is coming, do your best because your opponent will always try to give you a difficult time.

"But with the quality we have and with the players we have, I think we can win."

Toure has declared himself fit for the final after leaving the action early at Swansea last weekend due to fatigue and being rested for the midweek defeat of West Brom.

Wigan's achievement in reaching the showpiece clash has been overshadowed by their battle against the drop from the Premier League.

But despite their problems, they continue to earn plaudits for their play and they outplayed City for large spells of their 1-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium last month.

Toure said: "Wigan are a top side and they play very good football.

"I think it will be the same. Wigan are a great team, with a great manager and they have quality players.

"They play good football and we need to be focused and need to be concentrating."


Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Luis Suarez looks towards the crowd during the 2-1 victory over England
Life and Style
Cheesecake frozen yoghurt by Constance and Mathilde Lorenzi
food + drinkThink outside the cool box for this summer’s frozen treats
John Barrowman kisses his male “bride” at a mock Gretna Green during the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony
peopleBarrowman's opening ceremony message to Commonwealth countries where he would be sent to prison for being gay
Sir Bradley Wiggins removes his silver medal after the podium ceremony for the men’s 4,000m team pursuit in Glasgow yesterday
Commonwealth games Disappointment for Sir Bradley in team pursuit final as England are forced to settle for silver
Alistair Brownlee (right) celebrates with his gold medal after winning the men’s triathlon alongside brother Jonny (left), who got silver
England's Jodie Stimpson won the women’s triathlon in the morning
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform