Pep: I got Ya back

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about my de­ci­sion. It is about his qual­ity,” Guardi­ola said.

“Yaya’s a nor­mal guy. His emo­tions are quiet so he was calm be­fore the game. Yaya has trained re­ally well for the last month-and-a-half, two months. His phys­i­cal con­di­tion, his weight is bet­ter than ever and I’m so happy for him and es­pe­cially his fam­ily.

“I’m so happy be­cause he’s now a real part of the team. He can help us to achieve our tar­gets be­cause we need all our play­ers in or­der to achieve our tar­gets.

“And now we have Yaya. He was in train­ing ev­ery day with us and I’m so happy for that, so glad, not (just) for to­day’s performance. Now he is ready as the player who can play with us again.

“I am happy that is com­fort­able for him, and es­pe­cially his fam­ily, his wife. Yaya is a very spe­cial player. We are very happy he is stay­ing with us and he can play for us like he did to­day.”

Toure was ap­plauded back into the City chang­ing room af­ter the match by ev­ery mem­ber of the squad, a reaction that Guardi­ola de­scribed as nor­mal.

“Yaya is a guy who was here for five or six years.

“He has a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence and a lot of qual­ity,” he said. “His team­mates and the staff ap­pre­ci­ate him a lot.

“So that’s no doubt why they were so happy.”

While Guardi­ola re­laxed with his team level on points with Liver­pool at the top of the Premier League, Palace man­ager Alan Pardew ad­mit­ted his side’s fifth con­sec­u­tive league de­feat was wor­ry­ing.

“The pri­or­ity for us is get­ting points on the board. We re­ally gifted Man City two goals to­day from mis­takes that led to the first goal and the sec­ond goal,” he said.

“Our set-up at cor­ners wasn’t com­pleted and should have been bet­ter.

“We should be a top three place set piece team in both boxes and we’re prob­a­bly in the bot­tom three so that’s an area we must im­prove on.

“The Premier League is un­for­giv­ing. We got proof of that to­day. We made a cou­ple of er­rors and got pun­ished for it.”

With Palace dan­ger­ously close to the rel­e­ga­tion zone, Pardew knows his po­si­tion will come un­der scru­tiny, but he is con­fi­dent there is time to steady the ship. – AFP

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Manch­ester City’s Yaya Toure ( left) passes the ball as Crys­tal Palace’s Wil­fried Zaha (right) tries to close him down. –

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