Yaya Toure helped City on their way to a blistering start to the season on Monday night as he netted a wonderful freekick in the 4-0 demolition of Newcastle. The Ivorian’s influence on the City team since his arrival in 2010 has been seismic: his performances and crucial goals helped transform City from big pretenders to one of the best teams in the country. If Monday night is anything to go by it seems that Yaya’s influence is set to continue as he partnered Fernandinho in midfield for the first time to christen a partnership that looks set to be irrepressible. Reflecting on the game Yaya said:
I have been practising my free-kicks for four years now! But I think I got lucky on this occasion. The shot was perfect, so I am very happy. I hope I can continue to score important goals for the team and I think this year is going to be a good one for us. I think we played very well against Newcastle. The first half was quite hard, but I think we pushed on and put in a good performance. We fully deserved the win on the night.
Yaya also stated his desire to win more silverware for City this season. After last season’s failure to push on from the title win in 2012 Yaya feels the spirit in the team is different this season. He said:
This year we want to do the job. We want to work hard, keep it going, make it as difficult as possible for our opponents and try to be better and stronger. It’s important for me and the Club. I know how much everyone desires success and that our fans only want to see one Manchester club profit this season.
The win over Newcastle certainly doesn’t confirm City’s title winning credentials but there are many positives to take from the game. If City’s established players like Yaya, David Silva and Sergio Aguero can rekindle their best form this season, like they did against Newcastle, there is certainly enough quality there to do the job. Consider also the impressive debuts of Fernandinho and Jesus Navas and it becomes increasingly difficult to find a weakness in this City squad. Whether such form can be maintained throughout the season remains to be seen but there is no doubt that City have a great chance to regain the title this season.
Written by Robert Toole