Premier League - Toure: No backroom rift at City

Mon, 01 Nov 12:11:00 2010

Defender Kolo Toure has denied there is a rift in the camp and called on Manchester City's players to start taking more responsibility on the pitch.

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Manager Roberto Mancini is enduring a difficult time and coming under increasing pressure during his first full season at the club.

Back-to-back defeats to Arsenal and struggling Wolves on Saturday have raised questions about City's ability to win a Champions League place, with Vincent Kompany and Emmanuel Adebayor having a heated argument during the 2-1 loss at Wolves.

Newspaper reports on Monday claimed that City's players want manager Roberto Mancini out of Eastlands, but Toure insisted that there are no problems behind the scenes at the big-spending club.

"No, not at all," he told BBC Radio Manchester when asked about a rift.

"We are a team and in any team there are problems.

"But the important thing is to try to resolve them in the dressing room and the training camp."

Toure also believes his side must take responsibility for their shaky results.

"We know we are a big team now. Everyone expects us to be at the top," he said.

"We need to take more responsibility. When you play for one of the richest clubs in the world, you just need to deliver on the pitch. The criticism is good because that will makes us work harder."

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