'100 per cent!' - Yaya Toure has his say on who would win out of Barcelona's treble winners and Pep Guardiola's current Man City side

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Barcelona and Manchester City legend Yaya Toure has made a big claim about two of his former teams.
  • Toure backed tiki-taka Barca team
  • Played for both City and Barcelona
  • Forced out of the Blaugrana side by Sergio Busquets

WHAT HAPPENED? The centre-midfielder, who was part of Pep Guardiola's 2009 Barcelona side, claimed that that team would have beaten the 2022-23 Manchester City treble winners. Toure made 23 starts for Barca in 2009 as they also claimed three titles, and played centre-back in the Champions League final win over Manchester United.

WHAT THEY SAID: Asked who he believed would win a one-off match between those two line-ups, Toure told the Daily Mail: "It would be tough but that team, with the mix of superstars, so many great players, I think they would win. 100 per cent. It was a dream. Even when we were in a training session, it was so intense. The levels we had every day."

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Toure claimed that his Blaugrana side simply had more quality than City's: "Thierry Henry, Messi, Samuel Eto'o, who was the best in the world. After that, Iniesta and Xavi. Then me and Busquets. "That team was so complete."

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Yaya Toure

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WHAT NEXT? Toure has made a venture into coaching and will be an assistant for Belgian side Standard Liege next year.