We won't make the same mistakes as last year, says Toure as City prepare for Real test
08:36 GMT, 17 September 2012
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure says the club’s backroom staff have been so thorough in their preparations that he does not need to tap up his Spanish contacts for the lowdown on Real Madrid.
The Premier League champions travel to Bernabeu on Tuesday desperate to put in a better performance in the tournament than they did last season when they failed to get out of their group.
Toure was a European winner with Real’s rivals Barcelona in 2009 and is desperate to follow suit with City.
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And he says they are looking to pour more misery on Jose Mourinho and his Real side who have one win in four after Saturday’s loss at Seville heightened their early season gloom.
Toure said: ‘I maintain contact with some ex-companions at Barca but I do not need their advice over Real.
‘The City staff have prepared for this match in great detail and that’s enough information for us.
‘Our last campaign was a disaster and we want to change all that.
‘To win in the Bernabeu is a unique experience, enough to put you on the front pages. We shall put in our maximum to achieve that.
‘So we shall be concentrating hard from the very first second.
‘For me, the key to the result means winning the midfield battles with Xabi Alonso, Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira. This is the key for the match.’