Saying that he probably wouldn’t have been able to play even if he had been selected, Yaya Toure today expressed his relief at being omitted from Manchester City’s Champions League squad, admitting that it’ll be nice to have six less games this season in which he is expected to run around.
Speaking after the announcement that he had failed to make the club’s 21-man European squad, the Ivorian international welcomed the call, citing the fact that he can “barely move” after just two months under Pep Guardiola’s management.
“People might expect me to be angry about this but I’m not. We’re one game into the season – one I didn’t even play in, remember – and I already feel like it’s April,” said the 32-year-old, adding that his new manager’s demands, reported to include moving even without the ball and being positionally aware, have really taken their toll on him.
“The thing with Pep is that, yes, he’s a wonderful manager, but he expects so much. Under Manuel [Pellegrini] it was so easy. We could come in a little late, leave a little early. But with Pep it’s so different. I know we’re paid well, but not that well.”
At press time, Toure asked to end the interview immediately, admitting that even talking about Guardiola and his techniques was making him tired.