Barca ace tips Gunners
Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure has spoken exclusively to skysports.com about life at Camp Nou.
By Valer st Clair
Last Updated: 15/11/07 2:38pm
Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure has spoken exclusively to skysports.com about life at Camp Nou and how he harbours an ambition to face his brother in the UEFA Champions League.
Toure has quickly established himself in the Catalan capital following a move from Monaco and having started 10 games this season, is emerging as a central figure in coach Frank Rijkaard's plans.
Barca's domestic form has drawn some criticism from an ever demanding public, as they trail Real Madrid by four points, but in European competition they remain one of the most fancied.
But Toure believes it is Arsenal, where his brother Kolo plays, who could be crowned European champions come the season's close.
"Right now Arsenal is playing great football in the Premiership and if they continue to play this way they will be a big threat to my team in the Champions League," he told skysports.com.
"I am also sure that an English team will be in the final.
"My brother is better than me now because he is playing at that level for the past six years. He is the big star, not me, even if my team is more recognised in the world because of its history."
Toure also spoke of his admiration for Arsenal's Premier League rivals Manchester United: "I can also see Man United having a big say in the Champions League.
"Their front five of Giggs, Scholes, Rooney, Tevez and Ronaldo is frightening."
The Ivory Coast international midfielder admits it is a dream come true to be plying his trade with some of the world's finest on a day-to-day basis.
In good company
Reeling off a list of names that reads like a football who's who, the powerhouse midfielder believes he can only continue to learn and prosper in the presence of such celebrated company.
"I am one of the happiest players in the world. I look forward to go to training every day because playing with Ronaldhino, Messi, Henry, Eto'o, Xavi, Deco, Iniesta, Puyol and others is like being in wonderland.
"They are so skillful, great technique; I am loving every minute of it. However we need to win La Liga and the Champions League. Barca has to win, second is a failure."