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Yaya Toure: 'Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic was my hardest opponent'

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Former Manchester City star Yaya Toure reveals that Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic was the hardest opponent that he faced during his career.
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Former Manchester City star Yaya Toure has revealed that Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic was the hardest opponent that he faced during his career.

Toure spent eight seasons at the Etihad, winning three Premier League titles and one FA Cup as he cemented himself as one of the best Premier League midfielders.

The Ivorian, who made a total of 316 appearances for City, left the club in 2018 and now plays for Chinese side Qingdao Huanghai.

Reflecting on the hardest player he faced during his career, Toure told The Times: "Nemanja Matic was complicated. He's not quick but he's so strong, clever.

"All the rest of the opponents, because I always looked at them carefully before games, I get their weakness."

One game during which Matic's omnipresent influence at the base of midfield came clear was when Toure's City lost 1-0 at home to a Chelsea side managed by Jose Mourinho which contained the Serbia international, whose excellent display helped to condemn the Citizens to their first home defeat of the 2013-14 season.

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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool17161042142849
2Leicester CityLeicester17123240112939
3Manchester CityMan City16102444192532
4Chelsea179263125629
5Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd176742116525
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd166642519624
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves165922319424
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs166553023723
9Arsenal165742424022
10Crystal Palace166461418-422
11Newcastle UnitedNewcastle176471724-722
12Burnley176382229-721
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton165472024-419
14Bournemouth175481924-519
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham175481928-919
16Everton165291928-917
17Aston Villa1743102330-715
18Southampton1743101836-1815
19Norwich CityNorwich1733111835-1712
20Watford171610932-239
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