Emmanuel Adebayor says Manchester City"s title challenge will be hit by Africa Cup of Nations

Adebayor believes the loss of Toure brothers will hit City”s title challenge

Emmanuel Adebayor has warned Manchester City their title challenge will face its biggest test so far when the Toure brothers depart on international duty next month

Yaya and Kolo will join up with the Ivory Coast for the Africa Cup of Nations in mid-January and City could be without them for more than four weeks, depending on their nation’s success in the tournament.

“We are going to attack in January,” said Tottenham striker Adebayor, on loan from City for the season.

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“They have two players going to Africa Cup of Nations. Kolo Toure is not playing a lot but he is a great player and Yaya Toure has been amazing for them this year. We have everyone here.

“Are they going to keep their football the way it is now until the end of the season I don’t know. We will have to wait and see.”

Adebayor refuses to believe the title is duel between the two Manchester clubs, even though the London trio of Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal are off the pace.

“Chelsea are capable of everything,” he said. “From now on they can go until the end of the season unbeaten, which means they can be champions.

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Title push: Emmanuel Adebayor wants Tottenham to capitalise on City missing the Toure brothers in January

“For me, game after game, Tottenham is improving. They have better players this year. We are improving. We have to keep our confidence high.”

Tottenham are at Norwich on Tuesday before a trip to Swansea on Saturday.

“I’m not saying they’re going to be easy games but if you want to be in the top four these are the types of game you have to win, home or away.

“We have to win those games, no matter what it takes if we are going to finish in the top four. Otherwise, forget about it.”