"Toure is a very important player for City. I've seen statistics when he plays and when he don't," these are Piqué's statements referring to Touré's missing. The Ivorian won't play due to the 3rd match ban after seeing the red card against CSKA Moscow in the 4th round of the group stage.
It will not be the first time that Pellegrini can't have Yaya Touré in his team. In fact, during the African Nations Cup, Touré was not with the citizens squad due to he was playing with his national team.
City without Touré
This last month and a half of competition Toure has not played for City, Pellegrini's results have not been good at all. The midfielder played in the first game of 2015 citizen victory (3-2 against Sunderland) and did not return until this weekend with the convincing victory against Newcastle (5-0). They lost 5 matches in the Premier League with these results:
- Everton 1 - 1 Manchester City
- Manchester City 0 - 2 Arsenal
- Chelsea 1 - 1 Manchester City
- Manchester City 1 - 1 Hull City
- Stoke City 1 - 4 Manchester City
1 win, 3 draws and one defeat. 6 points out of 15 possible points. Furthermore, Pellegrini was eliminated of the FA Cup, with a defeat against Middlesbrough, coached by Karanka (0-2), where Yaya Touré neither participated.
The absence of the former Barça player in Pellegrini's squad is clear. It is a key player for Manchester City and Barça will try to take advantage of his absence. However, on the other hand, in 2 of 3 matches where he was already sanctioned in Europe, City reached two important victories to pass the group stages. Victory against Bayern (3-2) and in the Rome's Olympic Stadium (0-2). City also knows how to survive without Touré.