Yaya Toure urges teammates to work harder

Yaya Toure has insisted Manchester City must take heed to not let the praise they have received for their unbeaten run in the Premier League deter them from their goal.

City, who have dominated the league this season, extended their winning streak to 17 after Raheem Sterling scored the winner for them against Feyenoord on Tuesday, which also solidified top spot in their Champions League group.

City continued their brilliant for with a six point lead over Shakhtar Donetsk in Group F with the win, which they have matched on the domestic front where they are eight points clear of all contention at the top of the Premier League table.

‘It is very important to keep the confidence going,’ said the 34-year-old, who made only his fifth appearance of the season against the Dutch champions at the Etihad Stadium.

‘But we have to be careful because in these circumstances we have to keep focused. 

‘What I learned, when I was in Barcelona in 2009, was we don’t listen to any newspaper because you could think you are one of the best and after that get a strong team who destroy you.

‘We have good team dynamics. I love it and the manager loves it.’

With a place in the last 16 already secured, Toure came into the team as one of seven changes made by manager Pep Guardiola. 

While the victory came as expected, Guardiola had to wait until the 88th minute for it to come, as Raheem grabbed the winner.

‘To be honest we didn’t have anything to play (for) today, it was like, try to sit back, make a good counter-attack,’ Toure added.

‘I think we found (them) quite a difficult team. Of course we scored the last goal in the last minute but I think, in my opinion, we should have scored earlier. We had a couple of chances in the first half.’

Toure, having been one of the important figure behind City’s successes since joining the club in 2010, has been operating more behind the surface for City in recent times, which the midfielder insists the situation is not getting to him.

‘You want me to play? Tell the manager. Look at my face. Do you think I am frustrated? Am I enjoying? Of course,’ he said.

‘(If) I am frustrated, think what I would do. I would say to the manager I don’t want to be on the bench and I want to go home.’ 

 

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