Toure: City need a Plan B

Yaya Toure acknowledges that Manchester City need to come up

with a new way of outsmarting their Premier League rivals.

While City’s spending power is common knowledge, it has taken

time for an expensively-assembled squad to gel and play to their

potential.

They were able to do that last season, as they ended their long

wait for top-flight title joy, with Roberto Mancini’s side able to

impose themselves on games and dominate from the off.

Opponents have, however, worked out how to nullify City’s

attacking threat this term, and the reigning champions, despite

losing just once, have found the going a little tougher.

Toure feels they need to put a Plan B in place, with it

important for them to be able to mix things up when looking to

prevail in tight contests.

He told The Sun: “Whereas perhaps we caught a lot of teams by

surprise last season, this year our opponents know how we play.

“Sometimes we have to change our system to try and break teams

down. The other teams and players can analyse how we play, study

our systems and styles and work out ways to stop us. Even sides who

are near the bottom of the table are more than capable of making it

difficult.

“A team that lost 4-0 against us last season will have learned

and will change their tactics.

“They won’t want to get beaten heavily again so they will pack

men behind the ball and make it difficult for us to find a way

through. But that’s why I love football. There is always a

challenge and always a puzzle to try and solve – and when you get

past that it’s very rewarding.”