The Ivorian midfielder felt that "somebody is trying to help us" as rivals United let slip a 4-2 lead to draw with Everton, leaving the derby on April 30 as a huge opportunityYaya Toure believes that Manchester City have been helped by a higher power to regain a foothold in the Premier League title race.
Two weeks ago City were eight points behind leaders Manchester United but, after a dramatic turnaround, they are just three behind ahead of Monday’s derby - and, unlike his manager, Roberto Mancini, the 28-year-old has backed his side to triumph over their rivals and win the league.
“The club has wanted the Premier League for a long time,” he told The Daily Mirror. “And in my opinion we have somebody who is trying to help us because to see United lead 4-2 [over Everton] and end up 4-4 is incredible.
“We are very happy with the results and Sunday was a fantastic day for City. We have a second chance and I hope we take it because it is very important to us.
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Monday’s derby at the Etihad Stadium has been billed as a Premier League decider, but Toure realises that it will be a very tough game against the holders.
He continued: “It will very big, big for the fans and people who love football because of the expectation and the quality that will be on the pitch.
“It will be unbelievable and I am very excited about it.
“United are a tough team, big club, [with] big experience, fantastic players - world-class players - and it will be an amazing game.”