Bold claims

Man City’s Yaya Toure sets himself up for a massive fall

Y.Toure with a cigarette photoshopped out


There are moments in life when the sheer absurdity of it all just smacks you in the mush – Nick Clegg as Deputy Prime Minister! ROBBIE BACK IN TAKE THAT! A DYSON AIRBLADE!

The Spoiler had one of those moments this morning when it saw some quotes from Manchester City’s most attacking central midfielder, Yaya Toure…

He said:

“At the moment you cannot compare Barcelona with City because Barça are at the top and have top-quality players. Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Dani Alves; they are fantastic. But City are still signing new players.

“In a couple of years we could maybe be better than Barcelona. But what we need to continue to do is work hard and try to continue to improve with every game.”

It’s easy to laugh, but if you take a moment to think about it – really, really think about it – the sheer mentalness of it overwhelms any grand ambitions on Toure’s part.

A MANCHESTER CITY player reckons they could be better than BARCELONA. A couple of years ago this would have been said as a laugh by Shaun Goater after he finished off a nice little move between Danny Tiatto and Steve Howey, but now it COULD actually happen. It probably won’t. But it could.

It’s pretty good though, innit? It’s great that a team like City can now have ambitions like that. Isn’t it? Or is it dreadful that someone with money can come in and make such a difference? Oh, we don’t know… It is crazy though.

9 responses so far
  • kel // February 22, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    At least smaller teams suddenly getting cash injections shakes the league up a bit so it’s less predictable and not dominated by the same few teams.

  • CTID // February 22, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    1 kel // Feb 22, 2011 at 12:28 pm – EXACTLY!!

    Do we want the EPL to end up like that sh*t La Liga?! 2 teams only ever win!! Serie A is predictable too.

    EPL – Best in the world because there’s sooo many good teams in it! Unlike 1 or 2 good teams.. Then the rest is sh*t!!!

  • Roberto // February 22, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    CTID – number of different La Liga winners since 1992/93 – Five

    Number of Premier League winners since 1992/93 – Four.

    La Liga pisses all over the EPL

  • HeavyRiffs // February 22, 2011 at 5:56 pm


    I think you miss the point that the comments were making, City and Spurs have increased competition at the top table. So in all likelihood, there will be other future winners and not just from the old Sky four.

  • m // February 22, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    @ heavyriffs

    I think you miss Roberto’s point. He states that the above comments are invalid because his facts prove so.

    “In any likelihood, there will be other future winners and not just the old Sky four”.
    That’s a very brash statement, based on absolutely no facts whatsoever.

  • kel // February 22, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    @ Roberto and M

    Whilst there has been one more league winner in spain than in the EPL since 92/93 it’s clear to see that there’s more competition for top spots in the EPL right now.

    Real Madrid and Barcelona are always miles ahead of their nearest rivals whereas there are more teams getting close to the top in the EPL and less difference between points.

  • James // February 23, 2011 at 4:56 am

    haha, Roberto. Didn’t the top two finish 30 points about the 3rd last year in La Liga? The Premier League is not the most competitive, but the fair splitting of tv rights, the squad size limits and such rules mean that the teams are becoming more and more competitive.

    In Spain, Barca and Madrid don’t share the tv rights fairly, so every year, the league becomes less and less fair.

    The premier league is a a marathon that only a few sides can really finish. La Liga is an obstacle course for Barca and Madrid.

  • jmac // February 23, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    @ m and Roberto

    So one more winner means La Liga ‘pisses all over’ the EPL?? Really???

    If he went back further than 92-93 EPL would Piss all over La Liga and if you really think more teams have a chance in La Liga…can I have some of what your smoking?

  • m // February 23, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Apologies chaps. I thought that La Liga followed the same model as the EPL now, in splitting the TV rights fairly amongst the league. So yeah, definitely still a monopoly between the top two. I must concede defeat on this occasion! :D

    I’m not a United fan, but I thought Fergie’s positive comments on the Bundesliga’s setup were refreshing. Lowering ticket prices and bringing back the terraces I feel would be a good change for the EPL

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