Yaya Touré: I don’t really want to play against Barcelona
Manchester City defensive midfielder, Yaya Touré is torn going into Tuesday’s Champions League tie against Barcelona, as the reigning African Footballer of the Year admits that he has no desire to play the club that has given him so much in his career.
In an interview with UEFA.com, Touré spoke about his time at the Camp Nou and his reservations about playing them this week.
“It’s difficult because I don’t really want to play Barcelona. It’s a club I have a lot of respect for, a club which taught me a lot and where I have many friends who helped me.
“I will play against these guys at the Camp Nou. It’s the stadium where I always wanted to play and now I’ll be coming back wearing a different shirt. I didn’t want to play in front of the fans who gave me so much love and respected me, but that’s football.
“At Barcelona it was my job to hold and organise. It was all about being focused and never losing concentration. Now I can drop into defence or join the attack. I was limited to playing in the middle at Barcelona. I like playing in England because it’s an open league and very fast-paced.”
Toure went on to discuss his first four years in England and stressed that the squad is prepared to make a deep run in the Champions League with manager Manuel Pellegrini at the helm.
“The first two campaigns were difficult, but now everything is going well. We have a manager who has a very good vision of how we should play. He understands football and teaches us a lot.
“We have a great desire to show our fans and everyone else that City are on the right track.”