Yaya Toure defends his poor season for Manchester City

Yaya Touré interview

The midfielder believes 2014/15 wasn't as bad a campaign as people believe.

Yaya Toure has told the Manchester Evening News that his season last year wasn’t as bad as people are saying it was.

The Ivorian star was nowhere near his best as City failed to keep the pace with runaway winners Chelsea, once again failing to defend a Premier League title.

He only managed 13 goals in all competitions, a long way from the 24 goals he managed in their title-winning season the year before. That had led to suggestions he was past his best but Toure has rubbished that, saying it wasn’t as bad a campaign as people think.

“It was not as bad as people are saying,” he told the Manchester Evening News.

"I’ve been able to win trophy with my country and this season I’ve been able to score a couple of goals. People have to understand that as a midfielder one of the things I try to do first is organise the team, set up the team very well and be able to attack strongly.”

A change in style 

It was indeed that added responsibility that likely had a negative impact on Toure’s performances last season.

The midfielder is arguably at his best when on the attack, and has never been particularly strong on the defensive side of the game, meaning he is effectively useless as part of a midfield two in a 4-4-2 formation.

That means manager Manuel Pellegrini may have to change his style to allow Toure to play further forward and not be concerned with defending. The question for Pellegrini, however, is whether he is willing to sacrifice his favoured 4-4-2 formation to get the best from Toure but potentially upset other stars like Edin Dzeko and David Silva in the process. 

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