Manchester City earn record-breaking farewell for Yaya Toure

10 May, 2018, 14:27 | Author: Elena Meyer
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City reached 97 points, two more than Chelsea's total from the 2004-05 season, and 105 goals, two more than Chelsea's previous record haul from the 2009-10 season.

Toure seized the opportunity to thank the men behind City's transformation into the greatest team of the Premier League era for making it possible to break Manchester United's dominance.

"We want to do it and make it more hard next year for another team to do it".

Translating those wins into three points per game, Bob Paisley's side would have earned 98 points across 42 games, compared to City's 100 from a 38-game campaign should they win at St Mary's. "I hope next year is going to be bright and much better". "[To earn] 97 points is a lot of [and records for] goals and wins, that's a outcome of the season we've done".

Toure departs with City back on top of the English game, but having only played a peripheral role in this season's title win after being marginalised by Guardiola since the Spanish coach's arrival in 2016.

After he had come off in the 86th minute to a fabulous reception, Toure's elder brother Kolo, another former City favourite, presented him with a commemorative shirt.

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The match was also Yaya Toure's final game as a City player.

Manchester City continued to break records on a memorable night at the Etihad Stadium, which saw the fans and team bid farewell to club legend Yaya Touré.

"In the dressing room in the beginning, in 2011, when we lost (games) it was (a place) to smile, laugh. Once, a team will arrive and do better than us, but they will have to do really good".

"He's not leaving because he'll always be part of it", Guardiola said.

"We will give him what he deserves, one of the most lovely farewells a player can receive", City manager Pep Guardiola wrote in the match programme. City captain Vincent Kompany made a point of getting Toure to hold one handle of the trophy as it was lifted to the backdrop of fireworks, flames and tickertape. In football one more year is a lot and we're going to talk to the club. "I just want to say thank you to Yaya".

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