Huddersfield Town picked up a stunning clean sheet and point at Manchester City on Sunday, putting a small dark cloud of City’s Premier League trophy celebration at the Etihad Stadium.
The 47-year-old insisted he never stopped believing in his footballing philosophy, though, having won a domestic double of league and Carabao Cup trophies in a superb campaign.
According to the Manchester Evening News, Toure has no intention of leaving England and could join another Premier League club. “Today we saw it”, he told BBC Sport.
Chelsea boosted their hopes of Champions League qualification as Olivier Giroud’s first-half header earned a 1-0 win over Liverpool, leaving Antonio Conte’s Blues two points behind their London rivals with two games to go. Defeats are part of competition, nothing special.
“I don’t rely on anyone”, he said when asked if a home or away win would help Town’s chances.
They had the chance to set those records against Huddersfield but they were held to a 0-0 draw at the Etihad Stadium.
After a quiet start to the second half, Guardiola chose to tweak his side in search of the breakthrough on the hour-mark by bringing on Benjamin Mendy in place of Fabian Delph.
“It was warm and so tough”.
Huddersfield Town need to get some wins since they are not safe from relegation. Maybe we will be a little bit relaxed and you have to be focused if you want to maintain what we have done this season.
“For many months you are always asking me why this player doesn’t play?”
Now being largely sidelined, with a total of 16 appearances to his name this campaign, there was a time when the Ivory Coast global was often the key reason behind City’s victories, especially before the days when star power engineered their goal-laden fixtures.
Who has qualified for Champions League? “Back to back in this league will be tough but we accept the challenge”.
The newly crowned champions will welcome back full-back Kyle Walker into the side after his recent injury against West Ham United while captain Vincent Kompany is also expected to recover from illness and be involved in Sunday’s encounter.
England global goalkeeper Jack Butland has attracted interest from Liverpool in the past, whilst former Bayern Munich and Inter Milan midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri won’t be short of offers once he returns from the World Cup with Switzerland.