Pep Guardiola has shown his ruthless streak since arriving at Manchester City, but the revival of Yaya Toure shows he’s not afraid to give players a second chance.
The Ivorian’s Premier League career looked dead and buried after a loss of form and a spat between his agent and manager threatened his future at the Etihad.
It would have been a terrible way for the midfielder to end his time in the north-west, having been instrumental in their Premier League triumph just two years ago.
Two goals in the recent game against Crystal Palace will have come as a welcome surprise to City fans, and Toure has now set his eyes on a new goal – a return to their European fixtures.
When asked if he now wanted a place in the Champions League squad, he admitted, via the Sun:
“Yes of course. That’s why I stayed at City.
“It felt very good when I was recalled and I was content to play. The most important thing is to help the team.”
Toure was a shock omission when Guardiola announced his squad for the group stages, but he now has the chance to put that right when he gets to make his alterations for the last-16.