Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed his belief that Yaya Toure still has room for improvement in his game, according to the
Pellegrini was speaking after City strolled into the next round of the Capital One Cup by beating Championship side Wigan Athletic 5-0 in a rematch of last season’s FA Cup final, albeit with a contrasting result as City gained revenge for their defeat by the Latics at Wembley in May.
Toure scored from a second-half free-kick after entering the match at the half-time break, having also netted in the 4-1 win over Manchester United and scored a similar set-piece earlier in the season against Newcastle United. The Ivory Coast midfielder is City’s top scorer so far, with five goals in seven games, and Pellegrini is sure that if he maintains that kind of threat from dead balls, he will become an even more fearsome prospect for the opposition.
“He is an excellent player but if he adds goals from free-kicks – and last Sunday he scored again – for him it is very important to score goals,” Pellegrini said. “He is a player who can always improve, and Yaya is trying to do it. We are always practising free-kicks. Yaya stays normally, kicking the ball after we finish the daily work.
“He is really in a good moment,” the manager continued. “It is not normal, that someone always scores from free-kicks. He is a very important player for the team. I don’t know what happened last year but all the players are playing with trust and we always give them trust. I think it is very important.”
City’s four other goals came from Edin Dzeko, Jesus Navas and a Stevan Jovetic brace, the Montenegro international’s first goals for City since his summer move from Fiorentina. Pellegrini revealed after the match that Jovetic has struggled physically since his switch from Italy, and that David Silva could return to action against Bayern Munich in the Champions League next week.
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