MX23RW : Saturday, November 17 22:05:20

Manuel Pellegrini: 'We must support Yaya Toure'

Manuel Pellegrini says that Manchester City need to help Yaya Toure due to the personal problems he has endured in recent months.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has said that the club needs to provide support for Yaya Toure, following a disappointing start to the season.

The Ivorian has not been able to find his best form in recent weeks and came under fire for his performance during the club's Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich on Wednesday evening.

In May, Toure was involved in a row with the club's owners, after claiming that they had shown him a lack of respect on his birthday.

A month later, while he was at the World Cup, he learned of the death of his brother Ibrahim Toure, and Pellegrini believes that his personal problems have affected him.

"We must support him because he is a very important player," BBC Sport quotes him as saying. "Maybe he had a lot of personal problems with his brother.

"There are a lot of human things and maybe that is why he is not in his best performance at the moment.

"I think as a team, as a coach, as a club we must support him because he is a very important player, he makes a difference and I'm sure he will return to his best. But he is always being criticised."

Toure scored 20 goals in the Premier League last season to help City win the title.


Click here for more stories about Manuel Pellegrini

Click here for more stories about Manchester City

Share this article now:
Man City's Yaya Toure celebrates after scoring his team's third goal via the penalty spot against West Brom during their Premier League match on December 4, 2013
Read Next:
Toure 'determined to leave' Man City
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Nations League
International Friendlies
League One
League Two
National League
Scottish Challenge Cup
Scottish Championship
Scottish League One
Scottish League Two
Welsh Premier League
NIFL Premiership
Brasileiro
Argentine Primera Division
Segunda Division
Eerste Divisie
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City1210203653132
2Liverpool129302351830
3Chelsea128402781928
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs1290320101027
5Arsenal1273226151124
6Bournemouth126242116520
7Watford126241714320
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd126242021-120
9Everton125431915419
10Leicester CityLeicester125251716117
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves124441213-116
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton124261318-514
13West Ham UnitedWest Ham123361418-412
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle12237915-69
15Burnley122371225-139
16Crystal Palace12228817-98
17Southampton12156821-138
18Cardiff CityCardiff122281125-148
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield12147622-167
20Fulham121291131-205

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account