Manchester City’s new manager Pep Guardiola has arrived in the Premier League with a bang as he left out one of City’s best players – Yaya Toure – altogether, whilst goalkeeper Joe Hart was on bench.
The Spaniard with City’s first win after officially launching his reign at the Etihad Stadium with a victory.
However the former Bayern Munich and Barcelona boss admitted his team must improve on their season opening win against Sunderland on Saturday 13 August.
City’s playing style is noticeably different with £47.5million centre-half John Stones replacing the Ivorian star. Since this omission, Toure’s future at Manchester City is looking increasingly precarious.
The win on at the weekend was rather laboured; an 87th minute own goal from Paddy McNair after Jermain Defoe cancelled out Sergio Aguero’s first half penalty.
Speaking after the game, Guardiola said: “That is the first step and after we can talk about the tactics, the performance, [whether we] play good or play bad”.
The manager continued, “These kind of things must happen so we can learn what we have to do better. But for the first game, there were so many good things”.
Controversy surrounded Guardiola’s decision to exclude Touré in Manchester City’s travelling party for Tuesday’s Champions League play-off first leg against Steaua Bucharest, casting further doubt over his future at the club under Pep Guardiola.
The Ivorian was also not involved in Saturday’s Premier League opening day win over Sunderland.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference at the Arena Nationala, Guardiola said: “He is a player of us and he is training amazing, but I was not sure if he was going to play, and so I prefer it if he stays there training good in Manchester.
“We travelled with two young guys and for the selection I prefer it to be the young guys than Yaya Toure”.