Monday, 10 December, 2018

Manchester City earn record-breaking farewell for Yaya Toure

Lift off Vincent Kompany leads the celebrations at the Etihad Lift off Vincent Kompany leads the celebrations at the Etihad Martin Rickett PA
Sergio Cook | 10 May, 2018, 14:28

Three weeks after Guardiola spoke those words, his team underlined that point with a win over Brighton at home, meaning they eclipsed the previous Premier League record points tally of 95 points, set by Chelsea in 2005.

Chelsea's record of 30 wins set last season only lasted a year as City's victory over Brighton was their 31st.

So, with this game in mind, what did we learn?

The three goals meant City overtook Chelsea's record of 103 goals in a single season, with City now on 105 and a fixture still remaining. "All through the game, we will be focused on winning for Yaya".

Pep Guardiola lauded Yaya Toure's decisive contribution to Manchester City's era of success ahead of the Ivorian's final home match.

But Guardiola said to be considered the best they have to win more Premier League titles.

But he was also in no rush to look beyond next season in terms of pledging where his future lies and declined the opportunity to answer directly when asked if he would definitely sign a new deal.

At full-time, his brother Kolo - who also played for City between 2009-2013 - presented his younger brother Yaya with a commemorative shirt.

Spain: Ousmane Dembele scored twice and Lionel Messi added to his league-leading total with his 34th goal as Barcelona stayed on track to finish unbeaten in the Spanish league with a 5-1 rout of Villarreal.

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.

"He's not leaving because he'll always be part of it", Guardiola said. "A team will arrive and do better but they'll have to do really well". "To be alongside United, Liverpool, we have to win more".

Kompany said: 'I want to say thank you to this man; thank you for being such a wonderful teammate.

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