Manchester City’s impressive 2-0 win at Bournemouth on Monday night took them to second in the table and eight points behind leaders Chelsea.
Goals from Raheem Sterling and an own goal from Tyrone Mings confirmed that Pep Guardiola’s side have put their autumn blues behind them.
Afterwards, though, Pep Guardiola was pessimistic about his side’s chance of overhauling Chelsea, insisting that the Londoners will have to lose three of their last 13 games to give anyone a chance.
But Ivory Coast star Toure is refusing to call a halt to the chase because City have done it twice before.
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In 2012, Roberto Mancini’s team were eight points behind leaders and bitter rivals Manchester United, with just six games left.
But as the Reds stumbled, City reeled them in and won the title on the final day of the campaign as Sergio Aguero’s injury time goal famously beat QPR.
Two years later, Manuel Pellegrini’s City were seven points behind leaders Liverpool with six games to go but as Brendan Rodgers’ team crumbled, City came to again win the title on the final day, beating West Ham.
It can be done.
Toure said: “We are a little bit far away from Chelsea at the moment, and the way they are playing, they won’t let those points go.
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“But we have to look forward and also remember 2012 and 2014 when we came from behind to win the trophy. We had a little bit of luck then.
“This was a very, very big win. It’s always good to take the three points but we are back in second place now – that’s very important, because step by step and time by time we are starting to get to what the manager wants.
“We are looking forward to the next game, and we have confidence now.
We need to show consistency, and keep winning if we are to do what we did back then. Our next game is in the FA Cup but then we play Sunderland away in the league (on March 5) – it will be another tough game.
“It’s a difficult, cold stadium and we have a very bad away record against them but we are in good form and can do this.”
Things had not at one stage looked so bright for City, as new Brazilian whizzkid Gabriel Jesus limped off with a foot injury but Sergio Aguero, confined to the bench for the third match running, came on to force the second goal, even though the Premier League took it off him and pronounced it an own goal from Mings on the night.
Toure, whose side have now won four games in a row since the arrival of Jesus, said: “It was brilliant to see Sergio come on. That is why the top teams have to keep their best players. Unfortunately Gabriel is injured but he will see the doctor .
“Sergio came back and scored straight away, and it was a very important goal as well. His goal brought Bournemouth down because after that we kept the ball well and played very well.”