Roy Keane was never one to hold back - as a player, or as a pundit - and Manchester City’s Yaya Toure has become the latest player to feel the former Manchester United captain’s wrath.
Toure starred for City in their 3-1 win over Dynamo Kiev in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 clash and scored a fine strike to give Manuel Pellegrini’s side a two-goal advantage ahead of the return fixture.
But even when he shines, Toure can’t seem to shake the concerns that have arisen through his often lazy approach to the game.
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And Keane slammed the Ivorian’s consistency, labelling him “frustrating”.
The former Republic of Ireland midfielder was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying on ITV’s Champions League highlights programme: “On his day, he’s a wonderful player.
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“Tonight, he had a lot of freedom to go and play off the front, but he certainly is a frustrating player to watch because I’ve seen him on certain days where he doesn’t look up for it.
“On his bad days he’s bad. He certainly doesn’t like running back, and he’s getting a bit older.”
The days where the 32-year-old midfielder would simply take over a game are now a rarity and Toure certainly appears to have been affected by Pep Guardiola’s imminent arrival at City.
The Daily Mail have linked the Citizens with Sergio Busquets and Paul Pogba and Toure, who was demoted from Barcelona’s first team when Guardiola became manager of the Spanish club in 2008, could be jettisoned as a result.
City fans will be have been pleased with Toure’s efforts on Wednesday, though. The Premier League club were mightily impressive - an adjective that has rarely been used to described their European performances - and, barring a miracle, will reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in the club’s history.
Sergio Aguero and David Silva gave the away side the lead in Ukraine before Vitaliy Buyalsky pulled a goal back.
But Dynamo, managed by former Tottenham striker Sergei Rebrov, must now score three goals at the Etihad Stadium to have any chance of progressing.
Pellegrini hits back
Pellegrini was criticised after starting six teenagers in City’s 5-1 hammering at Chelsea in the FA Cup last week, but the Chilean hit back by saying his decision to select a weakened squad was justified by Wednesday’s result.
The City boss said, as per The Guardian: “I think it’s important to take the right decision and think about a lot of things, about why you take this decision.
“But in this case, having just 13 players, it was a key decision to rest the team that day. Unfortunately we could not continue in the FA Cup.”
The performance proved that City can be a threat to Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the European competition.