The Premier league champions Manchester City looked on course for dropping yet more points in the recent match against Reading. However, a stoppage time goal by the midfielder Gareth Barry helped them keep in touch with the leaders United. This has been yet another match in which City have looked well below par. Last season, the club were extremely brilliant due to the arrival of players like Sergio Aguero. The Spaniard David Silva was also at his best, but this season has been totally different because the team has been unable to find the same level of fluency.

They have also conceded a lot of goals in recent times as well, which has led to question marks being asked about the goalkeeper Joe Hart. Despite these problems, the defender Kolo Toure reckons that the club are displaying the same level of spirit that he saw in the Arsenal team that managed to go through an entire Premier league season undefeated. The 2003-04 season saw Arsenal finish as the champions after going undefeated throughout the season, and Kolo Toure was part of that team. The 31-year-old has linked with a move from Manchester City, but he recently committed his future with the Premier league champions despite not being a first-team regular.

“We know that every game we play here, teams are going to come and defend – so we need to be patient. It is really important to be calm because we know we can score at any time, we have so many ­attacking players who are ­capable of scoring. We keep believing that we will score and it’s a belief that comes from the quality players we have. It was the same at Arsenal, that team who were the ‘Invincibles’,” said Toure, who has been included in the Ivory Coast squad for the African cup of nations.