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
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
“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.”