Manchester City latest: Toure form defended; Bony debut could depend on drawing lots

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Ivory Coast coach Herve Renard believes Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has struggled to replicate his optimum form due to the quality of some of his international teammates.

As reported by ITV, Renard said, “At City there are players who can defend very well and create at the same time. With us it is different so we asked him to do a different job.”

The City midfielder is currently away with his country for their Africa Cup of Nations campaign, but things have not gone their way for now, with draws against Guinea and Mali meaning the Ivorians have just two points from their opening two fixtures.

However, that has seen them climb to the top of Group D with no side yet to win a game.

Speaking of which, the Daily Mail reports that City’s chances of having Toure and recent signing Wilfried Bony available for the upcoming match against Chelsea could come down to the drawing of lots.

If things remain as tight in Group D as they currently are, there may have to be a draw to decide who goes through to the knock-out stages and who heads back to domestic matters.

That seems highly unlikely, but stranger things have happened in football.

And finally, the Telegraph reports that City will play a friendly match against their MLS sister club New York City as part of a 30,000-mile summer tour.

The report goes on to suggest that City could be without a number of regular starters due to the Copa America, and it does raise questions as to when certain players will get a break following what is sure to be a tough end to the campaign.

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