City can be the new 'Invincibles', says Toure

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His new team might havebeen a little more expensively assembled but Kolo Touré feels Manchester City are starting to show similar qualities to the all-conquering Arsenal side.

Touré arrived in England in 2002 and the Ivory Coast defender was part of the "Invincibles" side that swept the rest of the top division aside to win the title back in 2004.

Touré joined City at a similar stage in their development and despite the difference in recruitment strategies, he feels his time at Eastlands has more in common with Arsenal than just playing alongside Patrick Vieira. "In that time at Arsenal we had so many great players and a lot of maturity in the team," he said. "Every training session was so difficult and after training when you went for a game it was much easier because you're used to training with top players.

"Everybody wanted to be in the team and to do that you had to fight for every ball. What we are getting at City now, there'sa lot of fight and a lot of competition for places and that will make a difference. It's starting to feel like that.

"There is a lot of belief in this football club and you need to be at your best to be on the list to play in the games. That makes a big difference."