Manuel Pellegrini has said he nor Manchester City are concerned about the form or commitment of midfielder Yaya Toure, according to Sky
The 31-year-old has come in for heavy criticism from fans and pundits for his display against Bayern Munich on Wednesday night – being accused of looking disinterested and showing a total lack of application to the cause for his team mates.
Toure has made a somewhat lacklustre start to the season in general after a summer of great turmoil and speculation saw him eventually claim to be happy at the club.
He had originally been unhappy that Manchester City officials failed to celebrate his birthday – with his agent also claiming the player was not allowed compassionate leave to visit his dying brother in hospital shortly before he departed for the World Cup with his country – although the club strongly denied this.
Pellegrini has now defended the Ivorian and refused to single out the player for criticism of his own.
The Chilean boss said: “It is not fair for me to criticise what Yaya did in the last game.
“In this team – at least in my way of thinking – when we win or lose it is because all the team did well or did bad.
“I think everyone knows what his best performance (is), of all the players, and are trying to reach that performance, all of them.
“I don’t agree Yaya has all the responsibility about the game we played. Yaya always has commitment with the team and the squad, and his mates. He doesn’t have problems about that.”
When pushed further by journalists the City boss again refused to single out any of his players, insisting is was about a team performance and not individuals.
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