Manchester City play as "individuals" says Newcastle star
Yohan Cabaye says lack of team play has cost Manchester City the title
Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye has attributed Manchester City’s failure to challenge Manchester United for the title to the former’s inability to play as a team.
Roberto Mancini’s men sent the entire football world in a frenzy by dramatically snatching the title off Manchester United on the final day of the last season to end their 44-year long wait for the English crown.
However, this term has proved to be a disappointment for the blue side of Manchester, who currently trail the Red Devils by 15 points with just nine more games left to be played.
With Newcastle set to take on the reigning Premier League champions on Saturday, Cabaye upped the pre-match heat by accusing the Citizens of lacking coordination amongst their ranks.
The French International linked City’s abject capitulation in the title race to their inability to play as a team, and said that in contrast, United operates as a unit.
He told The Sun: “United are a machine. Sir Alex is doing a fantastic job for the club.
“Even when the players change, he knows which player is going to be good for his team
“City have fantastic players but, unfortunately for them, they don’t think and play as a team — it’s not the same as United. So maybe that’s the difference. City are still a fantastic team, but they are a team of individuals.”
Cabaye was in the presence of multiple superstars while on international duty during France’s World Cup qualifier against Spain this Wednesday.
And the 27-year-old was excited about taking on another world class player in Yaya Toure tomorrow who he rates as the best in the Premier League.
“Every time, it’s the best feeling for me when we play against the best players in the world,” he said.
“On Wednesday, it was Spain and on Saturday, it’s going to be Yaya Toure. He is the best in the Premier League.
“Toure is the best because he can defend, he can score, he can play up offensively and defensively. He’s the complete midfielder and he deserves to be where he is.”
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