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Toure insists Guardiola has brought a touch of Barcelona to Man City

Date Posted,August 6, 2017

Yaya Toure has warned the Premier League that there is now a touch of Barcelona about Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City .

Toure, the Ivory Coast midfielder who won the Champions League and two La Liga titles in three years playing under Guardiola at the Nou Camp, reckons the Catalan has finally got his message across at the Etihad.

City failed to win a trophy last season – the first time Guardiola has finished empty-handed in his gloried managerial career.

But Toure insists that City are ready to put that right this season – and by winning in a style that their manager demands.

Toure and Pep Guardiola hug it out (Image: 2017 Getty Images)

Toure said: “The mentality of the manager is playing good and winning — not just winning.

“We want the fans to enjoy it and we try to do our best.

“At Barcelona, I was used to playing like that. I’m a type of player with a lot of experience.

“I am lucky because I used to play under Pep at Barcelona and I know what he wants.

“I think when the other players got their tactics off the manager and it was a little bit difficult for them.

Toure chases United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Image: Man Utd via Getty Images)

“But now the core of the team are used to it and the incoming players need to adapt quick because this year is going to be tough.

“We don’t have any more time to learn. We have to do it as soon as possible and be sharp and ready to play.”

Guardiola has taken a scalpel to the ageing squad he inherited from Manuel Pellegrini.

Joe Hart has once again been sent out on loan and Kelechi Iheanacho, Nolito, Fernando and Aleksandar Kolarov have all been sold.

Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy, Willy Caballero, Bacary Sagna and Jesus Navas have all left after their contracts expired.

Joe Hart was offloaded to West Ham (Image: Getty Images Europe)

And City still hope to take their summer sales through the £100million barrier by finding buyers for Samir Nasri, Eliaquim Mangala and Wilfried Bony.

Guardiola has recruited pace, power and youth.

Full-backs Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo have been signed at a cost of £120million.

But their arrival has given City the option of playing a three-man defence that has provided the base for emphatic pre-season victories over Real Madrid, Tottenham and West Ham.

Kyle Walker is one of the new faces through the door (Image: AMA/Getty)

It’s a tactical system that has also enabled Guardiola to get the best out of the awesome array of attacking talent at his disposal by flooding the midfield and pairing strikers Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus together in attack.

Ederson is looking like the keeper-sweeper City thought they were getting when they signed Claudio Bravo last year.

And the £43million purchase of Bernardo Silva could be one of the bargain buys of a summer that has seen transfer fees explode.

But some of the old guard remains. Vincent Kompany has looked back to his imposing best after three years of fitness problems.

Vincent Kompany is recapturing his top form (Image: Getty Images Europe)

And Toure has enjoyed a new lease of life after making his peace with Guardiola last season.

Toure said: “We’re more offensive with the two strikers up front. It’s going to brilliant.

“It is not so easy for the defenders but they understand what the manager wants and I think in a couple of games we will see in work.

“We have had friendly games and when the league starts will see how we compete against difficult teams.

“But it has been good for the confidence so far.”

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