Toure keen to play League Cup tie at Sunderland

Sunderland were four down before half-time and it could have been more.

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When it comes to the League Cup, it gives the Black Cats the opportunity to give Man City a run for its money. Sunderland has two draws, one win and two losses in their last five matches. This competition is essential for me and a number of other players’. The Serbian was talented during his days at Anderlecht and banged home many goals for the Belgian side.

City have scored in 16 consecutive away League Cup matches, stretching back to the third round in 2003-04. It’s just a shame he got dismissed on his debut.

Goals from Defoe and Rodwell put them in a commanding position inside a quarter-of-an-hour, but defensive lapses allowed Emmanuel Oyekele and David Wheeler to level with less than 30 minutes on the clock. They do have plenty of former City players to choose from, but don’t expect much opposition as the Black Cats don’t have enough firepower to keep up with the Blues. Now, goals shouldn’t be an issue for them.

“You can understand how the Premier League is so competitive and you are not surprised to see Chelsea losing at home to Crystal Palace”.

They had unveiled their controversial “Night Rising” third kit, described as ghost green by the suppliers, but it was sorry Sunderland who wore a haunted look long before the final whistle.

‘I knew the situation before I joined City, but I like how things are going. In Spain, La Liga, yes, and the French Ligue 1, maybe yes, but the Premier League, no. You will never see that.

Advocaat told BBC Radio 5 live: “I was a little bit scared to be honest and thought hopefully the fans will stay – and they did”. He proved it last season by guiding Sunderland out of trouble even though he came in late. After two or three games he was back in the side. Yes, negative that we lost 4-1, but the way we played in the first 25 minutes, it was very positive.

Successive 2-1 home defeats to Juventus in the Champions League and West Ham in the Premier League have raised questions about Manuel Pellegrini’s team.

Both trained on Monday after Mangala came off in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to West Ham with a muscle problem, while Nasri missed the game with a minor knock. Sunderland’s can be highlighted by the 13 goals they have conceded already this term.

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City created 28 chances in that second period, but the West Ham goalkeeper had a blinder, they defended like Trojans, blocking everything in their path. It was a very false result in the end, but I don’t think anyone could complain about the overall performance.

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