Yaya Toure has revealed that Manuel Pellegrini's pre-match team talk helped inspire Manchester City to their 6-0 hammering of Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
Alvaro Negredo also struck in the second half, while Sandro scored an own goal as City sent out a message to their title rivals with a performance that Toure attributes to Pellegrini's rousing speech, which ordered them to respond to their surprising loss to struggling Sunderland before the international break.
"The manager's speech before the game was unbelievable," Toure told reporters.
"It is always difficult when you lose a game like we did at Sunderland. It is hard for the players.
"Football is so strange. But we have come together as a team because we want to regain the Premier League."