Yaya Touré recently spoke to ESPN about playing under Pep Guardiola again and what to expect from Manchester City in the upcoming season. This comes after City have won their last three preseason games by a combined score of 10-1 against Real Madrid, Tottenham and West Ham United.
The Ivorian was very complementary towards Guardiola:
"The mentality of the manager is playing good and winning -- not just winning. We want the fans to enjoy it and we try to do our best. If we have to score more then we will score more.”
"At Barcelona I was used to playing like that. I'm a type of player with a lot of experience. I think I'm lucky because I used to play under Pep at Barcelona and I know what he wants. He was a brilliant midfielder and [City coach] Mikel Arteta as well, and those two have helped me a lot and given me a lot of confidence. I'm just there to enjoy it and win trophies and that is what I want."
City supporters can certainly agree with Touré’s comments. Last season, despite the struggles, City were almost always fun to watch and scored a lot of goals. Yaya went on to discuss the different types of opponents City will face, sometimes a defensive team like West Ham or a more open, attacking team like Spurs or Madrid.
"It's good for the confidence, it's good for the next game. The game we had against West Ham is the typical type of game we're going to have usually in the Premier League and maybe in Europe.”
"I think we find a difficult opponent who close the line, they don't attack, they don't open and I think it was good training for that because the games we produced against Madrid and Tottenham were quite open.”
City did struggle last season with teams who played negative football (an example is the Manchester Derby at the Etihad, where City dominated possession but couldn’t find the goal). While three of City’s signings have been full-backs, don't be surprised to see Kyle Walker, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy becoming integral in breaking down defensive sides with their ability to provide width and danger on the wings.