Yaya Toure Names Manchester United Player As Toughest Opponent, Says "I Hate Him, This B*****"
Yaya Toure announced last week that this will be his last season with Manchester City and is now set to play his last home game for this season's champions at the Etihad on Wednesday.
Following such a sparkling time in Manchester, questions have been put to the Ivorian about how he feels about his overall time there, and his career in general.
Now the veteran player has named the toughest player he's come up against - and it's unbelievably a Manchester United player: none other than Serbian talisman Nemanja Matic.
Speaking via the Daily Mail, Toure said: 'I hate him, this b******!"
'He's such a difficult player to play against. Tall and strong as well. It's been fun to play against him, even though it's difficult. He's powerful, he's tall.
'To be able to find an opponent to play against me and stop me... there's few of them, but Matic was one of the close ones who was able to give me problems."
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Matic made the move from Chelsea to Man United last summer for a fee reported to be around £40 million. He's proved to be a solid purchase for the Red Devils. But it was during his time in West London that the midfielder was playing out of his world and was considered one of the best players in the league at the time. His presence helped the Blues earn two Premier League titles.
It's an outside choice for Toure, however, who even spent time in La Liga with Barcelona, coming up against the likes of Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid players, before making the move to Man City in 2010.
I remember that game dubbed "Mourinho's Monday night masterclass" where Chelsea played City at the Ethiad and Matic absolutely dominated toure.- Widdums7 (@Widdums7) May 8, 2018
Yaya struggled against Alex Song so many times,I guess he has never won against him.He respects Matic I see.- Munya Chief (@Xavanche17) May 9, 2018
Matic was actually incredible 2013-2015, one of the few PL midfielders who could go head to head with Yaya- jr (@francmcfc) May 9, 2018
The 34-year-old has enjoyed a superb career in east Manchester. At one point, he was so good he almost indescribable; you could not define exactly what his strengths were as he seemed to be exceptional in every department: whether it was sitting behind the midfield line and dictating play, or pressing forward in attack, scoring goals from open-play or blasting free-kicks in the top-corner. Toure seemed to closest definition football had to a 'complete player.'
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