Beware ‘new man­ager syn­drome’ at Liver­pool, City’s Toure warns

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MANCH­ESTER: Manch­ester City mid­fielder Yaya Toure has warned his team mates not to fall vic­tim to the “new man­ager syn­drome” for a sec­ond Premier League game in a row when Juer­gen Klopp’s Liver­pool visit the Eti­had Sta­dium to­day. Bot­tom side As­ton Villa, with freshly ap­pointed French­man Remi Garde at the helm, held league lead­ers City to a 0-0 draw at Villa Park be­fore the in­ter­na­tional break, and Toure is wary of history re­peat­ing it­self at the week­end. “To be hon­est with you, I don’t like it when a new man­ager comes to a club be­cause all the play­ers want to im­press him,” the Ivo­rian told the club’s web­site (

“We had the per­fect ex­am­ple of the new man­ager syn­drome against As­ton Villa which made it a tougher game - we had a lot of chances to score and if we had taken just one of them it would have been a dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tion. Klopp re­placed Bren­dan Rodgers at An­field last month and Toure expects Liver­pool to be fired up, es­pe­cially af­ter los­ing their last league match 2-1 at home to Crys­tal Palace. They are lan­guish­ing in 10th on 17 points, nine points adrift of City. “When, new man­agers come in, all the play­ers want to give 100 per­cent and fight for ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble. Liver­pool are a top club, a top side and it will be a mas­sive game to­day.”

The 32-year-old Toure de­cided not to join his na­tional team dur­ing the in­ter­na­tional break, miss­ing the African cham­pi­ons’ World Cup qual­i­fiers, and said he was well rested. “It’s tough some­times when you are in­volved in a lot of games through the sea­son. I of­ten spend the in­ter­na­tional breaks with the na­tional team on top of my club com­mit­ments so it has been good to have a more rest­ful fort­night. “Now I’m ready to get back to work and all my fo­cus is to­day. We have a fan­tas­tic game to play against Liver­pool and we need to get back to win­ning games, though we are ex­pect­ing a hard match.” — Reuters

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