Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood says that Manchester City's Yaya Toure was quiet all game in the two side's match on Saturday.
Toure scored City's first goal of the game in the 82nd minute, but Westwood did not appear to be impressed by the Ivorian's display.
"I thought Yaya Toure was quiet all game and then he popped up with the goal," he said to Villa's official site. "That's why they pay millions of pounds for these players. But we competed well with them."
City went on to win the game 2-0, with Sergio Aguero adding the second, but it seems Toure is not at the top of his game yet.
The central-midfielder has come under some criticism for his performances over the early part of the campaign.
Although, on his day, he can be a destructive force in the City midfielder, on others he can look lethargic and he has failed to reach the heights of last season so far.
Toure finished as the third top scorer in the Premier League last time around, but his goal against Villa was his first league goal of the campaign and he will know that he needs to start finding the net with more regularity if he is to match last season's exploits.
City are currently five points behind Chelsea at the top of the league and they will know that performances will need to improve vastly if they are to defend their title.
Indeed, Manuel Pellegrini's side were matched by Villa for much of Saturday's tie, before the Midlands club tired, and Westwood says that they can take heart from that fact.
"Up until the 82nd minute we contained them and had chances to win it but that's why they're a top side - they only need half a chance and they took it.
"We can be really proud of the way we approached the game.
"I thought we were brilliant up until when they scored. We gave them a right good game. I think we frightened them at times."