Manchester City 3 v Brighton 1 - story of the match

Manchester City 3 v Brighton 1 - story of the match

Manchester City have immortalised its departing veteran midfielder, Yaya Toure, by renaming a training pitch after him. I think, especially, the Brighton team didn't want me to score but the most important thing was we broke the record, we scored more goals.

"Now it's one more game (away against Southampton on Sunday), we're going to try for 100 points and finish this nearly ideal season in the Premier League". "Tomorrow, we are going to play for Yaya".

"He has helped make the club bigger and bigger and bigger", City manager Pep Guardiola said on Tuesday, a day before Toure plays his last home match for the club against Brighton.

Club captain Vincent Kompany also paid tribute to his old friend who will go down in City folklore for his victor against United in the 2011 FA Cup semi-final and Stoke in the final that ended the club's 35-year wait for a trophy.




The Premier League champions may yet conclude the campaign by becoming the first team to reach 100 points in an English top-flight season if they win at Southampton on Sunday (15:00 BST).

Toure, 34, is leaving City this summer after an outstanding eight years at the club, a period in which he was won three Premier League titles and four domestic cups. That is the mentality I love. I said I am going to show you the way. "Now it's time to finish well and then start to talk about what we have to do next season, who is staying and who we have to buy". The pair, who were together previously at Barcelona, clashed over Toure's attitude and some comments from the player's outspoken agent.

"You know, Yaya does not leave the club because always he'll be part of it". After winning the title last month, he suggested it should act as a barometer of City's ambition.

Toure still plays for Ivory Coast - he came out of global retirement last December - and Guardiola, who has criticised the midfielder's fitness on occasions, said he "can stay in world football if his desire is still to play".

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