Yaya Toure Explains Why Manchester City's Style of Play Under Pep Guardiola Is the 'Best'

Tom Power

​Yaya Toure has praised Pep Guardiola's attacking style of play at Manchester City - and admitted that he had grown frustrated at having to defend "all the time."

Toure, who has fought his way back in from the cold at the Etihad following an early season falling out with Guardiola, was quoted by ​ESPN about his happiness with the way that the Citizens now played their football following the 47-year-old's arrival last summer.

The veteran midfielder has claimed that the football played by City under the Spaniard is the way that players across the globe wish to play, before going to reveal his dislike for the defensive side of the game.


He said: "We all want to play like this. Myself, I don't want to be in a defensive team. Defending is something difficult. As a player who likes football, it is annoying to defend all the time.

"The style we play now is the best style. Of course, we try to do our best, we always have chances to score, clear chances.

"We missed them against Liverpool [on Sunday] but sometimes you have to accept that because we've been playing a lot of games this month, every three days, and maybe this cost us a little bit."

City's all-out attacking nature has drawn criticism from some quarters over their inability to consistently keep clean sheets, with the club's defensive frailties seeing their Premier League and Champions League hopes fall by the wayside.

The North West outfit have struggled at times to break down opposition teams who, particularly in Manchester, sit back and soak up City's pressure, and Toure said he believes that Guardiola's charges really feel the benefits of their style when they travel to other club's grounds instead.

He continued: "It suits us because the opponent is gonna attack us. That's what we want. We are delighted when a team tries to attack us.

"You can see how few teams try to attack us, even when we play at home. When you see players like [Leroy] Sane and Raheem [Sterling], they need space and playing away is always brilliant for us."

City face tough trips to the capital following March's international break, with a clash against fellow Champions League qualification hopefuls Arsenal followed by a visit to league leaders Chelsea.

Guardiola's men currently lie third in the table, two points behind second-placed Spurs, with nine games to go, and Toure added that he and his team-mates would be going all-out to secure two massive victories in the hunt for a spot in UEFA's flagship club tournament next term.

Manchester City v Liverpool - Premier League
Manchester City v Liverpool - Premier League

He said: "We have to prepare now for the next game. [In the international break] I will breathe, sleep, run a little bit, be good -- because Arsenal and Chelsea are massive games and we have an opportunity if we want to finish in the top four.

"What we have to do when we come back is get these six points and try to do our best because we know it's gonna be tough."

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