Pep: Why I Dropped Yaya For Man City's UCL Tie
Pep Guardiola: Why I Dropped Yaya Toure For Manchester City's UEFA Champions League Tie
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has revealed why he has dropped Yaya Toure for his side's UEFA Champions League tie against Feyenoord on Wednesday.
Despite featuring regularly during pre-season, the former Ivory Coast international has not played a single minute of competitive football for the Citizens this season, and the Spaniard has now given his reasoning for this.
"It's a sporting decision," Guardiola said, as quoted by ESPN.
"He was so important last season – six players finished their contracts, and he was the only one who stayed because he's a special player.
"But the decision is he didn't play the last game, and today he is not in the squad, and he knows the reason why."
Guardiola was then asked whether or not the Ivorian will feature in the first team any time soon.
"Hopefully – it depends on the player," he added.
"I'm always happy, but, of course, I demand as much as possible. I want more – not just from Yaya, I want more from everyone."
The 34-year-old has made 299 appearances for the Manchester club, scoring 79 goals and assisting a further 48 strikes.
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