Manchester City defender Gael Clichy believes Yaya Toure could not be the dynamic force he is without Gareth Barry beside him.

Toure has given City's Barclays Premier League title charge a shot in the arm with two outstanding performances in victories over Blackburn and Bolton since returning from the African Nations Cup. City look a much tougher proposition with him back but Clichy also wants to highlight the role of a relatively unsung hero in Barry.

"Of course Yaya is impressive, but it's always the way in football that the players who score goals or make a difference in the final third are the ones we look at. But without Gareth Barry, Yaya wouldn't be the same player," said Clichy.

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