BT Sport pundit says Man City should give Toure little responsibillty

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BT Sport pundit Michael Owen feels that Manchester City only get the best out of Yaya Toure when they play him in a role behind the striker.


Michael Owen has told BT Sport that Manchester City should always allow Yaya Toure to play with as much freedom as possible.


The former England striker was speaking after the Ivorian contributed one goal and one assist in City's 3-1 victory over Dynamo Kiev in the first leg of their Champions League tie in Ukraine.


Toure's late strike - which saw him cut inside onto his left foot before curling the ball into the far corner from 20 yards - could prove to be the pivotal moment as Manuel Pellegrini's side look to progress through to the last eight of the competition for the first time.


After witnessing one of his most effective performances of the season, Owen feels that Pellegrini should not have to think twice about allowing one of his star players to influence a game further up the pitch, rather than giving him any defensive duties.


Owen said: "Give him as little responsibility as possible. You can't put him in a pair in centre midfield.


"You have to get him being creative, using his strength and using his finishing ability further up the pitch. Give him no responsibility whatsoever."


Toure has endured a frustrating campaign as far as goals are concerned, with the usually-prolific midfielder only scoring six times in 34 appearances in all competitions before Wednesday's contest.


Sergio Aguero and David Silva netted the other two goals to give City complete command of the tie ahead of the second leg at the Etihad Stadium, which takes place on March 15.

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