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Thursday 21 August 2014

Manchester City star Yaya Toure insists he will do all his talking on the pitch

Nothing to prove: Yaya Toure

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure does not believe he has a point to prove to Barcelona or his critics this week.

Toure's performances came in for criticism as City suffered a potentially damaging loss to Chelsea a fortnight ago and were then held to a draw by Norwich in the Barclays Premier League.

He responded with a strong display as City avenged their league loss to Chelsea to put the Londoners out of the FA Cup last weekend.

The Ivory Coast international will now hope to maintain that form as City host Barca, the club that let him go in 2010, in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Brushing off the negative comments about his recent displays, he said: "It doesn't matter who wants to continue to criticise me and talk about me.

"I just want to focus on the next game because always when we have lost we are the worst team and I'm the worst player. When we've won I'm the best in the team. Sometimes you have to give your answer to the people with your football. For me I am in the right place.

"People who love football always want to hear something. Sometimes we are disappointed but for me the most important thing is we have to move on."

Toure was a member of the Barcelona side that won the Champions League in 2009 but did not command a regular place under then manager Pep Guardiola. Sergio Busquets was preferred to him in the defensive midfield role and he was sometimes deployed in the back four.

Since moving to City he has flourished as a dynamic box-to-box midfielder but he insists this week's encounter is not about making personal points.

The 30-year-old, also a two-time La Liga winner with Barca, said at the pre-match press conference: "I don't have anything to prove. I won a lot of trophies with them and I think from my point of view it was the right time to move on. I couldn't have done anything more at Barcelona. I think for me to come to Man City was the right move."

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