Yaya Toure: I’m always there
Yaya Toure has hit out at critics who claimed he performed poorly in the 2014/15 season.
Toure made an explosive start to the new campaign, scoring a brace in Manchester City’s 3-0 demolition of West Brom.
The Ivorian legend had been criticized for failing to reach acceptable standards as Manchester City lost the league title to Chelsea, but believes the criticism was unwarranted.
“I think last season people are talking all the time,” he said. “For me I’m quite surprised. Last season was not the best season for us, but second in the table I think is not bad at all.
“There’s been a lot of criticism about me but it’s not been a bad season. Twelve goals and I won the Copa for my country; it’s not bad at all. I know what I want, I know what I have to do, I don’t care what people are saying about me.
“I’m not back – I’m always there. People have to understand football is not talking about one player, it’s about the team. The team did a massive job [against West Bromwich], we played very well, against a difficult side. West Brom have a good manager, good players and experience in the Premier League and the team played brilliantly. Full credit to the team.
“Sometimes people have to understand we are human beings. Things can go wrong [even] when you are fully focused in your job, you love your job and want to win all the time. My job is to make people happy and myself happy as well.
“Sometimes people criticise you unfairly. But we don’t care what they say. I love my job, I love playing football and I don’t worry about what people are saying about me.”
Yaya Toure will be hoping to turn in a similar performance when City take on Chelsea on Sunday.