Turning his attention to City, Toure insists that Manuel Pellegrini’s men have little to worry about despite two defeats in a week, including a home loss to West Ham which spelled the end of their own unbeaten run in the league.
Sunderland has been in a tough campaign in this young season and is winless in six games of the Premier League season. Last time out they lost to Bournemouth 2-0 and boast the worst defence of any side in the league with 13 goals conceded.
After Tuesday’s league Cup clash, City will look ahead to Saturday’s tricky fixture against Tottenham Hotspur as they aim to maintain their two-point lead at the top of the EPL standings.
Sunderland went close when Ola Toivonen’s header was tipped over by Willy Caballero, but City’s response was crushing, sweeping forward from the resulting corner to play in Kevin De Bruyne, who drilled a low shot inside the near post.
“I was not really happy with the way that we again gave the goals away, and it’s not the first time, but there’s no sense in calling names because everybody could see the mistakes, simple mistakes and it’s not possible [to make those mistakes] at this level, especially not against a team like that”.
“I’m a competitor and in football it’s all about being a competitor and in 38 games you will not see 38 wins, it’s impossible in the Premier League“.
City are waiting to discover if Samir Nasri and Eliaquim Mangala will be fit to feature after suffering injury problems.
Sunderland finished three points clear of the drop with Advocaat as caretaker boss, before, after some reluctance and a meeting with his wife, he chose to take the job full time. Younes Kaboul is inactive following a red card against Bournemouth, but expect Jack Rodwell and Jermain Defoe to play an x-factor in this match. We have a lot of games to play in the league. Lastly, I can see DeAndre Yedlin start in this matchup.
Without a doubt, Manchester City are the outright favorites tonight at 1.45, while Sunderland are all the way behind at 8.00.
Premier League Swansea City suffered a 1-0 defeat at second-tier Hull City, but Everton avoided a similarly embarrassing fate as second-half goals from Ross Barkley and Gerard Deulofeu helped them come back to beat Championship side Reading 2-1.
‘If any of them are called upon by the manager, I’m sure they will be focused and ready to go against Sunderland, but we won’t know who is involved until the team is announced.
But the hosts blew their chance from the spot as Hugill, Johnson and Alan Browne all missed to send Eddie Howe’s men through.
City were 3-0 up after 33 minutes, after a touch of slapstick.