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Mail: Yaya Toure key to Manchester derby

  • 21 September 2013 09:31
  • Posted by @porter_mcfc

In case for some mysterious reason you haven’t realised there is a Manchester derby tomorrow, this morning’s media have set out to remind you.

City’s Ivorian powerhouse, Yaya Toure, has often been a key soldier for the Blues in the big battles, and a report in the Daily Mail suggests his dual with Marouane Fellaini could be a key factor in determining the result of Sunday’s clash.

yaya celebration

The paper’s Simon Cass has studied last season’s statistics to help predict who will emerge on top.

He writes: “The figures would certainly seem to suggest Toure is the more cultured midfielder given the City man made almost 1000 more passes than his opposite number with a success rate of nearly 89 per cent compared to Fellaini’s 79 per cent.

“You may say those figures are skewed by the fact Fellaini was used as more of an attacking force for Everton but even in the opposition half Toure trumps his opponent give he made almost 500 more passes, again with a far better success rate. Toure also gave the ball away far less often than Fellaini.

“That said, both players provided five assists each for their sides and when it comes to the physical side of the game, Fellaini really comes into his own.”

Stats, stats, stats, but all will be revealed on Sunday…

 

The Manchester Evening News took a slightly alternative angle, conducting a survey as to what fans on both sides of the city had missed so they could watch a derby match.

The report explains: “Responses included holidays as far afield as Australia and Las Vegas, medical procedures, weddings, funerals, work or school.

“Plenty of people also claimed never to have missed anything because ‘everything is planned around the fixture list.’”

Good work, people.

Click here for the full list of events, including court and surgical operations!

Finally, City hero Pablo Zabaleta has done an interview in the Daily Mail where he comments on the oft-used quote,

“Always be yourself, unless you can be Pablo Zabaleta, then always be Pablo Zabaleta.”

Zabaleta in training PA-17064481

He told Ian Ladyman: “Yeah, I saw that quote. Maybe it was one of the supporters. I don’t really know where it came from but, yeah, I know what it means.

“It’s good. It makes me feel proud of myself when I see something like that. I don’t know. It means much. Maybe, sometimes, you know, people think… it’s not about how good you are as a player but it’s about how you are off the pitch as well.

“It can make you a better person. People know me. I’m a quiet guy. I just try to help.”

For more Zaba, click here for the full interview.

Hungry for more derby content? See what Manuel Pellegrini had to say here, watch Micah Richards talk about his memories of the fixture, or see what the great Shaun Goater has to say.

That should keep you busy for a little while…

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