Yaya Toure falls behind the shadow of Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas

After having maximum impact in shaping Manchester City's Premier League title winning campaign last season, Yaya Toure has failed to continue in the same vein. The former Barcelona midfielder was criticised by pundits and fans alike for a poor performance against Bayern Munich in the Champions League match-day one encounter in Munich on Wednesday in which the visitors lost 0-1.

By Rajdeep Saha | Updated: Sep 20, 2014, 00:33 AM IST
Yaya Toure falls behind the shadow of Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas

New Delhi: After having maximum impact in shaping Manchester City's Premier League title winning campaign last season, Yaya Toure has failed to continue in the same vein. The former Barcelona midfielder was criticised by pundits and fans alike for a poor performance against Bayern Munich in the Champions League match-day one encounter in Munich on Wednesday in which the visitors lost 0-1.

The coming of Cesc Fabregas to Chelsea from Barcelona this summer, has lighted up the Blues' performance. Fabregas has been creating the same íntensity, which Yaya had been doing for City. The Spaniard alongside Diego Costa have taken Premier League by storm; a sight that will delight Jose Mourinho to the fullest.

This season has seen Cesc Fabregas making six assists compared to Toure's 0, the former also leads in the number of chances created with 16 compared to Toure's 1 in all competitions. Where Fabregas has scored one goal for Chelsea, Toure is yet to open his account.

The sudden demise in the performances of Toure signals a problem for City. His lacklustre performance against Bayern was a highlight of a player lacking in confidence. On Friday, City manager Manuel Pellegrini defended Toure's defensive duties against Bayern. "It is not fair for me to criticise what Yaya did in the last game," Pellegrini said. "In this team - at least in my way of thinking - when we win or lose it is because all the team did well or did bad.”

Toure is touted to be City's engine in the line-up as he amassed 20 EPL goals last season with a contribution of a personal best of nine assists, finishing second only to Liverpool's Steven Gerrard. Toure is a big match player and was the mastermind behind City's linkage between supply and finish. Alongside Fernandinho, Toure formed a partnership that brought City success and a combination of the finest brand of midfield play.

This season with the input of Fernando from FC Porto, Toure might see his role reduced if he doesn't create the same impact he did so far for the Citizens.

Former Manchester United legend Paul Scholes criticised Yaya Toure on Friday saying that the latter's lack of defensive work in midfield has become a major problem for City.

With City taking on Chelsea on Sunday in the EPL, Fabregas and Toure will be pitted against each other and the battle for midfield supremacy will be highlighted to a great extent.