It has not been the greatest of seasons for the Blues so far. A disappointing Champions League campaign ended last week with a defeat to Borussia Dortmund that condemned them to the worst performance by any English club in the competition's history.
Then, at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, City's 37-match unbeaten home record in the Barclays Premier League was shattered by Manchester United, whose injury-time winner took them six points clear in the title race.
Questions are now being asked of Roberto Mancini, whose decision to select Mario Balotelli ahead of Carlos Tevez for derby duty backfired spectacularly.
In addition, Joleon Lescott's omission was mystifying, with the England defender still being overlooked after the departure of skipper Vincent Kompany, who looks set for a spell on the sidelines with a calf problem.
But Toure insists this is not a time for City to feel sorry for themselves. After recovering from eight points behind with only six games left last term, the Ivorian knows the battle is far from over.
Yet he does recognise the Blues need to improve.
"This makes us more determined to win it," he said. "We are tough men, and when things get difficult, that is when you find the tough men.
"Last year was fantastic. But we have to forget what we have done in the past. We have to realise that sometimes you have a bad time. When you are at the top everybody wants to take you down.
"We have to be strong and work harder to turn this around. This year will be hard but we have a fantastic squad and we have the confidence to keep going until the final day."