Citizens Expect Much on Yaya Toure
Manchester – On the first leg of the last 16 of the Champions League against Barcelona, Manchester City defeated without Yaya Toure strengthened. Now, with the return of Yaya, Citizens hope the players can inspire them to the quarterfinals breakouts.
In the first leg held last month, Yaya is still undergoing a three game suspension after red card earned in the game contra CSKA Moscow. As a result in the determination of the two games in the group phase against Bayern Munich and AS Roma, City were without Yaya.
Nevertheless City managed to win both games and qualify for the Champions League last 16. But unfortunately step City threatened setop in the round after losing 1-2 at the Etihad Stadium in the first leg.
For the sake of qualifying for the next round, the City must win by a margin of two goals or not they will be removed again by Barca in the same phase. Missions are fairly heavy considering the second leg will be held at the Camp Nou.
It’s not easy to beat Barca at home this season even though they had twice defeated there in the party of La Liga. But look at the performance of the Los Cules today, the City will be clear underdogs.
Then it’s Manuel Pellegrini expect much on Yaya to be able to shine in the game, after missing the last three games. But the problem is since returning from the African Nations Cup, Yaya has not scored or assists at all.
“Playing with Yaya always felt different. He is a top player and is very important for our team. I’ve told you before that we should be able to win even without Yaya and we do it in Rome and against Bayern Munich, and we qualify from the group stage without Yaya . But if you ask me, I prefer there Yaya in my team, “said Pellegrini in the Telegraph.
“I think he will be motivated. Not only because he missed the last three games because he wanted to get away and get involved in the game in the next phase. I am sure he will be very motivated and I’m sure the whole team will be motivated to qualify for the next round,” he continued.