Toure focused on qualifying

Last updated : 27 September 2011 By Team Talk

The Ivorian midfield ace knows what it takes to succeed in the Champions League having won the competition with Barcelona in 2009.

And, whilst he insists City have nothing to fear in Europe, Toure says they are purely looking at negotiating a tough looking Group A having drawn with Napoli in their opening game.

Speaking ahead of their first-ever Champions League away trip at Bayern Munich - which you can see live on Sky Sports - Toure said: "It's very hard work to win this competition.

"It's one of the best competitions in the world and it's only the top teams that you play.

"I don't think we should say we can win it with teams like Barcelona around.

"The most important thing is to get to the second stage and then see.

"But you need players with the Champions League experience. We have more quality now with the likes of Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero.

"I don't think there is a big space between us and the top teams in this competition."

Toure says their thrashing of Tottenham in the Premier League earlier this season signalled how far they have come.

"You look at the game at Tottenham, we played fantastically," he said.

"They're a big team and did well in the Champions League last year, they got to the quarter-finals. So that shows we have a fantastic squad and, for me, this year we can do well.

"I'm just pleased we are in it. We can do fantastically well this year.

"On the training ground you see how hard we work.

"It's fantastic for the club to be in it. It's very important for us and we need to improve.

"All the top players want to be part of this - it's an amazing competition."

Source: Team Talk

Source: Team Talk