Manchester City latest: Messi ‘asked a lot about City’ and Toure hopes for record

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Manchester City’s 6-0 hammering of Tottenham Hotspur still dominates the headlines today.

Blues midfielder Yaya Toure has called on his teammates to set a new Premier League goal-scoring record as the Etihad appears to be a ground from which few opponents will escape with their dignity intact.

In quotes published by ESPN, when asked if his side could set a new record Toure said, “I hope so. We have the strikers, we have fantastic players. The two guys up front are unbelievable.”

The “two guys” the Ivorian was referring to are of course Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo, who are forming an outstanding strike-force the envy of most sides in world football.

Now all Manuel Pellegrini’s men have to do is start winning away; something Pablo Zabaleta has emphasised to the Manchester Evening News.

We have 22 points,” he said. “That is six behind Arsenal. We should have more than that.”

As simple as that sounds, it is also true. And yet City continue to slip up away from home against sides they would almost invariably thrash at the Etihad.

Mistakes have cost us points,” the Argentine added. “Sometimes when you cannot win it is important not to lose.”

They are words of wisdom his teammates should heed if they wish to reclaim the title come May.

And finally, the same player has been speaking to the club’s official programme about Lionel Messi, and how his countryman pays close attention to City.

Speaking about when he first signed for the Blues, Zabaleta said of Messi, “He asked me a lot about City but I couldn’t tell him much (at the time) because I didn’t know much myself – but it’s something we often talk about now.”

With recent reports linking Messi with a sensational (and highly unlikely) move to the Etihad, Zabaleta’s quotes may just stoke the rumours a little more.

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