We had Messi, Henry, Xavi, Iniesta… it was a DREAM!’ Yaya Toure believes Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona 2009 Treble winners would beat his all-conquering Man City side… as the Premier League legend embarks on a new coaching challenge

As Yaya Toure recalls the legendary Barcelona lineup from their 2009 Triple Crown victory, his eyes light up.


Samuel Eto’o, Messi, and Thierry Henry were the three finest players in the world. After that, Xavi and Iniesta. Then Busquets and I,” he continues. That group was quite well-rounded.

Yes, it was. With their lavish tiki-taka, Pep Guardiola’s team is regarded by many as the most visually appealing in modern football history. That club won LaLiga, the Copa del Rey, and the Champions League that year.

Midfielder Toure played center back as Barcelona defeated Manchester United 2-0 in Rome to triumphantly cap off Guardiola’s first full season as manager.

Toure uses a list of former teammates to indicate if the Barcelona team—which also won the Triple Crown—could defeat Manchester City’s current squad.

Yaya Toure deals with Cristiano Ronaldo during Barcelona’s win over Manchester United in the 2009 Champions League final in Rome as they completed the Treble
Led by Pep Guardiola, Barcelona had a legendary side in 2009. Back row (left to right): Yaya Toure, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique, Sylvinho, Samuel Eto’o, Victor Valdes. Front row (left to right): Lionel Messi, Thierry Henry, Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Carles Puyol

Toure thinks that they would. Although it would be difficult, I believe that squad, with its combination of superstars and outstanding players, would prevail. 100%,” he says in conclusion.

It was only a dream. It was extremely severe, even during a training session. The levels we experienced daily.

“Consider Iniesta at ages 26 and 27.” Xavi at the age of 28 Those players were amazing during that time.

Toure is in a good position to assess, but perhaps technology will allow us to replay this game and determine for sure one day.

He left Barcelona in 2010 to join City, who Sir Alex Ferguson famously referred to as the “noisy neighbors” because they were a bothersome nuisance to Manchester United.

After 316 games, 79 goals, and three Premier League championships, Toure left the Etihad Stadium in 2018 as a club legend, with United becoming less and less of an afterthought for City.

Toure was in Istanbul last month to witness City reclaim their Holy Grail and the gap between them has only grown.

I anticipated this outcome. When I made my debut, I said I joined this club because I knew one day it will surpass United in greatness,’ he tells Mail Sport.


  • City achieved their holy grail by beating Inter Milan to win the Champions League last month

It was still early when he said that, and others wondered why he was saying it. The majority of the top players, including David Silva and Sergio Aguero, weren’t yet involved.

Therefore, witnessing Man City accomplish it and watch them hoist the trophy was amazing. City will soon have great respect throughout the world of football.Although it would take some time, I knew it would eventually materialize since the owner, Sheikh Mansour, was working hard to make something enormous there. Although some people were impatient, we knew it will happen eventually.

But Toure, 40, who recently started a new position as Carl Hoefkens’ assistant at Belgian club Standard Liege, also has a cautionary tale.

Following Barcelona’s Triple Crown They struggled to maintain such high standards in 2009.

Although they successfully defended their LaLiga title in 2009–10, they were eliminated from the cup early and fell to Inter Milan, managed by Jose Mourinho, in the Champions League semifinals.

Guardiola’s City team won’t want a recurrence now.

Toure explains, “We had a little bit of a downfall after we won everything.”

But you need to have the correct motivation; that is natural for people. The team’s leader and head coach may need to put this up for everyone at times.

We are battling against us, the coach claimed. Not the adversary, but us, are the issue. Because it is difficult to repeat, we made an effort to do it with the same conviction and desire.

“It will be challenging, but City already have the knowledge of consistently winning the league.”

The team’s core members will remain the same; although they are still young, they have players with experience and a passion for victory week in and week out.

In 2020, Ivorian Toure retired from football after a successful career. The TV studio may have called, but according to him, coaching was always the best option.

After just spending a year in charge of Tottenham’s under-16 team, he advances to Belgium.

Recent videos of his Spurs training sessions show possession-based drills, which may indicate Guardiola’s influence has rubbed off.

He describes the type of play we may anticipate from him if he does land a top position: “When you play in front of the fans in a big stadium, people come to enjoy the games, and I am definitely a person who likes to see their teams dominate, to have the ball and try to make a match of it.”

On the practice field, he defines himself as a hands-off coach who “allows the players to make mistakes” before analyzing what may be improved.

“The games and the practice sessions must resemble one another.” How do I get onto the field and stop you when you play a hard game? You must let the players participate first, then reflect afterward.

Moving to Man City in 2010, Toure scored one of the most important goals in the club’s history when they beat rivals Manchester United in the 2011 FA Cup semi-final

Of course, Toure uses his own playing experiences to illustrate his points and tactics to players.

He claims, “Football gave me so much, I wanted to give it back again.”

The majority of the Tottenham players weren’t around to watch me play at the time, but on occasion I would show them photos or films and explain how Messi, Iniesta, or I progressed.

It was advantageous since they showed a great deal of curiosity and I could see they were paying close attention when I began to share a story about myself.

Little surprise. Toure, Messi, and Iniesta made for a really good team.


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