Toure's belief in Manchester City scoring record is well founded

Yaya Toure believes Manchester City have the necessary firepower to eclipse Chelsea’s record of 103 goals in a Premier League season.

Roman Abramovich’s club notched the century mark-topping tally en route to title in the 2009-10 campaign, buoyed by the efforts of Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard.

The Ivorian snapped up the Golden Boot that term with a haul of 29 goals, whilst the England international struck a blazing 22 times from midfield to finish fifth in the top flight on the scoring charts.

City took their mark up to 34 with the weekend’s sensational 6-0 drubbing of Tottenham at the Etihad, and with such a boost to their figure in the goals column, are now on pace to outdo their fellow nouveau-riche club over at Stamford Bridge.

And Toure doesn’t doubt his side’s credentials to come good with a new record by season’s end in May.

"I hope so. We have the strikers [to do it],” he grinningly told reporters.

"The two guys up front [Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo] are unbelievable. They are very confident but it's not just about those two players. It's the whole team.

“We are very attacking and all the strikers enjoy it, even [Edin] Dzeko and [Stevan] Jovetic.

"The team is concentrated on attacking; it's fantastic.

“When you win like we did against Tottenham, it's fantastic. They are a serious contender in the Premier League this year."

And wax lyrical about City’s strike force Toure should, as its depth and overall quality are quite possibly the best in Europe.

Aguero leads the Premier League with 10 goals in assuming the Drogba role for the Eastlands club, whilst Negredo has hit the back of the net five times to prove that transitioning to life in England isn’t always a tumultuous process.

Toure himself has also beaten the ‘keeper five times and whilst he may not have the same blistering prowess in front of goal that Lampard has shown throughout his career, remains an attacking threat from the centre of the park similar to that of the England international in Chelsea’s record run four years ago.

Add in Edin Dzeko, David Silva, Samir Nasri and Stevan Jovetic, who given his talent is bound to find his feet at some point this term on return from injury, and the recipe for a serious challenge to the Blues’ tally looks ready-made.

Of course, consistency will be key if City are to overtake the London outfit’s count, but with such a wealth of potential contributors, Manuel Pellegrini’s men are a legitimate threat to rewrite history.

Yet whilst silverware remains the main objective for the Citizens, Toure’s statement suggests he and his teammates are well aware of what else could be accomplished.

And after all, 103 goals lifted Chelsea top honours in the Premier League in the 2009-10 campaign, and it seems to reason that City outstripping the Blues’ effort certainly wouldn’t hurt in the hunt to take home the title.

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