Yaya Toure: 'World Cup has affected Manchester City's form'

Yaya Toure of Manchester City celebrates scoring their second goal with Fernandinho of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match against Fulham on March 22, 2014
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Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure hints that the World Cup is a factor behind his lack of form this season.

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has suggested that many of the club's top players are currently struggling to find their best form due to a lack of rest in the close season.

The influential Ivorian has been out of sorts this term, and the former Barcelona star has hinted that the World Cup may be a factor behind his lethargy.

He told BBC Sport: "We know it is going to be tough this year. We won the Premier League last season but that is now in the past and we have to focus on improving and being more consistent.

"It's difficult because a lot of our important players have not had enough rest and recovery after the World Cup.

"As champions we want to win it again so we have to work hard because all the other teams are going to come at us and try to beat us. We need to deliver."

City host Premier League title rivals Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.

Man City's Yaya Toure scores his team's third goal against Wigan during their League Cup match on September 24, 2013
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