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Saturday 21 October 2017

Pellegrini refuses to criticise Toure form

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has no concerns about the form or commitment of key midfielder Yaya Toure (above).

The normally influential Ivorian has not been his usual formidable self in City's early-season matches.

Toure came in for particular criticism after Wednesday's Champions League loss at Bayern Munich.

The 31-year-old's application, especially to defensive duties, and his body language were questioned after an ineffectual second-half display.

Toure's below-par performances this term come after a summer of unrest in which he voiced complaints about the club and speculation over his future surfaced. He also suffered a personal loss with the death of his brother.

NO INTENTION

Pellegrini insists Toure's heart is in the club and has no intention of singling out any player.

The Chilean said: "It is not fair for me to criticise what Yaya did in the last game.

"In this team - at least in my way of thinking - when we win or lose it is because all the team did well or did bad.

"I think everyone knows what is his best performance (is), of all the players, and are trying to reach that performance, all of them.

"I don't agree Yaya has all the responsibility about the game we played.

"Yaya always has commitment with the team and the squad, and his mates. He doesn't have problems about that."

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