Updated: Wednesday, 26th June 2019 @ 11:40am

Yaya Toure wants late Real Madrid hurt to spur Manchester City onto Champions League success

Yaya Toure wants late Real Madrid hurt to spur Manchester City onto Champions League success

By Dean Wilkins

Having lifted the trophy before as part of one of the greatest teams in history, former Barcelona playmaker Yaya Toure is confident Manchester City can emulate their success in the Champions League.

The Blues’ favourite claims he and his teammates will keep on learning during the second stint in Europe’s top competition.

And having left the Bernabeu downbeat following a dramatic 3-2 loss against Real Madrid, the Premier League champions are hoping to continue their progress to take them into the qualifying stage.

"I think we played against a fantastic team,” the 29-year-old said. Real Madrid have a big history and they are a big club.

“It was quite good for us to play against them to see what level we are at now.

"I think we played well and we are continuing to learn how to play in Europe, we have a lot of young players and I think it is very good for us, although we lost.”

City were drawn in the ‘Group of Champions’ as Spanish league winners Madrid join Dutch and German champions Borussia Dortmund and Ajax in City’s group.

But Toure is keen to remain focussed on the job in hand and helped guide Roberto Mancini’s men to success.

"I think we have a couple of important games coming up and for us it is very important this year to go to the second round,” said the Ivory Coast star.

Mancini watched as his side took the lead twice in Spain through Edin Dzeko and Aleksandar Kolarov – but a wonder-strike from Marcelo and two later goals from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo ended City’s hopes of a memorable victory.

"The game was like a quarter-final of the Champions League,” Toure added. “It was a fantastic game.

"I think for us it is not too bad, we have to keep improving, keep working hard and next time we will be better than that.

"We have a fantastic squad and a fantastic manager, we have to continue working like that. In a couple of months I think we will be better."

City will face Germany’s Dortmund at home in two weeks’ time after hosting Arsenal this weekend in the Premier League.

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