Yaya Toure was the guest pundit on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football this week, providing analysis on the Manchester City v Wolves match while also discussing his illustrious playing career.
The 35-year-old, who is currently without a club after leaving Olympiakos last month, showed punditry could be an option for him when he finally hangs up his boots.
However, Toure’s main ambition when he retires from playing football is to become a manager.
The Ivory Coast international, who has played under some of the world’s best coaches during his career, named his dream XI comprised of former teammates following City’s 3-0 win over Wolves.
But boy is it an attacking XI. And he claims if he was a manager, this is exactly how he would set up with these players at his disposal. Good luck getting an interview in that case, Yaya.
Using a rather unorthodox 3-1-4–2 formation, with Andres Iniesta in the holding midfield role, here’s Toure’s eyebrow-raising XI in full…
Admittedly, all of the players in the XI are brilliant, but you’d expect the Yaya’s ‘Ultimate Team’ to concede their fair share of goals.
“For me, if I was manager, I would go with this formation,” the Ivorian confirmed. “Why? Because for me, it’s about keeping the opponent as far away from my goal and have the guys who are focused and control the game.”
There were a few notable omissions, though, including Xavi and David Silva.
Toure also left out his former Barça teammates Gerard Pique and Victor Valdes who, it turns out, aren’t rated particularly highly by the midfield powerhouse.
Toure argued that Rafael Marquez, who made Toure’s XI, was “10 times better” than Pique.
“Marquez was a tough defender,” he continued. “I don’t think people remember him because he didn’t play in England. But maybe if you want to remember him, go to YouTube and you check Rafael Marquez, Barcelona, No 4, what a defender. He was 10 times better than Gerard Pique. Ten times better. Believe me.
“He was so so good. If you watch him on YouTube, you’ll see. I’ve been in love with him. I learn from all these guys about football, you know?”
Many football fans on social media were surprised to hear Toure go in quite so hard on Pique.
He also described Valdes as “average”, claiming the Spanish shot-stopper never needed to do much because the players in front of him were so good. Ouch.
“I think with his (Ederson) hands and feet he’s the best I’ve played with because (Victor) Valdes was not that good with his legs but was average to be honest,” Toure added.
“But (Valdes) was not that bad at Barcelona I think and the backline was unbelievable so he didn’t have to do much.”
Like every great pundit, Toure clearly isn’t scared to say what he really thinks – even if it means upsetting people.
Watch the full video of Toure naming his dream XI here…