Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is dressed for success

By Damian JohnsonFootball Focus reporter
David Silva and Yaya Toure
Midfielder Toure joined the Manchester club in 2010

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure says a Christmas fancy dress party provided the perfect tonic after the league leaders lost their first game of the season at Chelsea on Monday.

"I went as Usain Bolt the runner," Toure told Football Focus on a visit to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

A number of City players were pictured in national newspapers attending the party at a top west London night club.

Striker Mario Balotelli was dressed as a cowboy and goalkeeper Joe Hart went as an American footballer, while Toure braved icy conditions to turn out as Jamaica's Olympic sprint gold medallist.

"It was too cold, but I was OK," added the 28-year-old Ivory Coast player. "It was just nice to meet some of the fans after the game."

City's 14-match unbeaten run came to an end at Stamford Bridge with a 2-1 defeat. They had led 1-0 and been denied what looked a clear penalty for a foul on midfielder David Silva by full-back Jose Bosingwa.

"It was difficult because we controlled the game in the first half," Toure explained. "The second half was different because Chelsea controlled the game. They played better than us and deserved to win."

Toure was among a group of City players bringing some Christmas cheer to sick youngsters. The club have supported the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital for a number of years.

Roberto Mancini's side hope to get their title challenge back on course when they entertain revitalised Arsenal on Sunday. The big games are coming thick and fast, and the giant midfielder is clearly enjoying life in England.

"That's why I signed for City. I love it playing in the Premier League. Until the final game of the season every game will be tough," he said.

"All the teams want to beat us and we want to beat all the other teams. It's not like Spain with Real Madrid and Barcelona. In England, you have five or six clubs at the top."

Manchester City face a number of crunch games in January which could decide the destiny of the Premier League title, but Toure will be missing for most of the month on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations.

He remains a key member of the Ivory Coast squad contesting this season's tournament in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

"My mind is divided," he admitted. "It will be difficult. This time is special for the club and for my country. After the war the people need all the big players in this competition."