Manchester City midfielder will not celebrate against Barcelona

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure insists he still has respect for his former club Barcelona and will not celebrate if he scores against them this month.

The Ivory Coast international and former Barcelona midfielder is aiming to stun his former club in Catalonia when City travel to the Camp Nou this month hoping to overturn their 2-0 defeat at the Etihad last month in the first leg of their last sixteen tie with the Spanish champions in the Champions League.

"I never celebrate a goal in the Nou Camp," Toure told radio station RAC-1.

"We have a very complicated (situation) in the Champions League against Barcelona. To me, it will also be very difficult to play at the Camp Nou."

Toure spent three years at the Camp Nou with Barcelona under former coach Pep Guardiola, who is now in charge of the European champions Bayern Munich. He arrived in 2007, signed by Frank Rijkaard before signing for Manchester City in 2010 under Roberto Mancini for a reported £24million.

During his time in Catalonia, Toure made over 100 appearance in all competitions for Barcelona, but scored just 6 goals in his role as a defensive midfielder.  However, since arriving in the Premier League, he has developed into his role as a midfield powerhouse reminiscent of former World Cup winner Patrick Vieira, who is now on Manchester City’s team of directors.

In 167 appearances for the Citizens, across four seasons, Toure has scored 45 goals, more than seven times his tally whilst in Spain. He has also succeeded in his goal of winning more silverware after leaving Barcelona where he picked up honours for two La Liga titles, two domestic cups, a Champions League title, UEFA Super Cup title and FIFA Club World Cup title.

"When I left the club, my ambition was to keep winning titles and I'm achieving this goal. The Capital One Cup was very nice, but the Copa del Rey (with Barcelona was good) too," he added.

City beat Sunderland 3-1 last Sunday to win their first trophy of the campaign and are firmly in the running for the Premier League title race, six points off leaders Chelsea with two games in hand and the best goal difference in the league. But they must play against the Spanish giants this month as if it is a cup final and fight for their lives to overturn the deficit – if they do, however, Yaya Toure will not be celebrating.

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