MX23RW : Thursday, October 28 17:11:03| >> :60:486:486:

Yaya Toure: 'Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic was my hardest opponent'

Toure: 'Matic was my hardest opponent'
© Reuters
Former Manchester City star Yaya Toure reveals that Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic was the hardest opponent that he faced during his career.

Former Manchester City star Yaya Toure has revealed that Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic was the hardest opponent that he faced during his career.

Toure spent eight seasons at the Etihad, winning three Premier League titles and one FA Cup as he cemented himself as one of the best Premier League midfielders.

The Ivorian, who made a total of 316 appearances for City, left the club in 2018 and now plays for Chinese side Qingdao Huanghai.

Reflecting on the hardest player he faced during his career, Toure told The Times: "Nemanja Matic was complicated. He's not quick but he's so strong, clever.

"All the rest of the opponents, because I always looked at them carefully before games, I get their weakness."

One game during which Matic's omnipresent influence at the base of midfield came clear was when Toure's City lost 1-0 at home to a Chelsea side managed by Jose Mourinho which contained the Serbia international, whose excellent display helped to condemn the Citizens to their first home defeat of the 2013-14 season.

ID:379895: cacheID:379895:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:restore:2228:
Restore Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Jose Mourinho has a crafty wink on December 1, 2018
Read Next:
Matic names stadium after Mourinho
>

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Chelsea97112332022
2Liverpool96302762121
3Manchester CityMan City96212041620
4West Ham UnitedWest Ham95221610617
5Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton943299015
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs9504913-415
7Manchester UnitedMan Utd94231615114
8Everton94231514114
9Leicester CityLeicester94231515014
10Arsenal94231013-314
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves941499013
12Brentford9333119212
13Aston Villa93151315-210
14Watford93151217-510
15Crystal Palace91621114-39
16Southampton9153812-48
17Leeds UnitedLeeds9144816-87
18Burnley9045715-84
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle90451120-94
20Norwich CityNorwich9027223-212

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!