Mail: Yaya can get even better says boss
- 25 September 2013 10:08
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
Manuel Pellegrini’s praise of Yaya Toure is the lead City story in today’s Daily Mail.
The Ivory Coast midfielder has started the new season in superb form and his fifth goal of the campaign – plus his all-round contribution thus far – has not gone unnoticed by his manager.
Adam Crafton quotes the City boss, in his feature: "'He is an excellent player,' said Pellegrini. 'He adds goals from free-kicks and he scored again on Sunday, which is very important. A player can always improve more and Yaya is trying to do that.
“Toure is already well on his way to overtaking the nine goals he netted in City colours last season and it is his proficiency from free-kicks that has stood out at the beginning of this campaign.
The midfielder has developed a dipping, powerful strike that swerves in the air and it has been too much for the goalkeepers of Newcastle, Hull and Wigan, with three of Toure's five goals coming from set pieces
“Pellegrini admits that Toure has made an effort to improve his set-pieces, with the player regularly staying behind after training to perfect his technique.
"'We are always practicing,' Pellegrini said, 'Yaya stays normally kicking after we finish the daily work. He is in a very good moment. He is a very important player for the team.'”
Jamie Jackson in The Guardian looks more at the Blues’ sizzling recent performances in his match report. Writes Jackson: “The stuttering early-season form recedes from the memory. Manchester City cantered to a routine win crowned by a second-half goal burst that confirmed a result which had never seemed in doubt.
“The victory made it three in succession for City, who followed the 3-0 victory at Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League and the emphatic win in the 166th Manchester derby by progressing to the next round of the Capital One Cup, a competition even the second-string that started would have a realistic chance of winning.”
Finally, Pellegrini admitted David Silva could return to action for next week’s crucial game with European champions Bayern Munich.
Sky Sports report: “Manchester City are set to be boosted by the return of Silva, who could feature against Bayern Munich in their next UEFA Champions League outing.
“The Spain midfielder has not featured for a month, after picking up a groin problem whilst on international duty.
“City have found their stride in recent weeks under new boss Pellegrini and the Chilean is now set to be able to call on Silva again, although he admits he is unlikely to use him for this weekend's Premier League clash at Aston Villa.”