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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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1Liverpool16151040142646
2Leicester CityLeicester16122239102938
3Manchester CityMan City16102444192532
4Chelsea169253124729
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd166642519624
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7Tottenham HotspurSpurs166553023723
8Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd165741916322
9Arsenal165742424022
10Crystal Palace166461418-422
11Newcastle UnitedNewcastle166461723-622
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton165472024-419
13Burnley165382129-818
14Everton165291928-917
15Bournemouth164481824-616
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham164481828-1016
17Aston Villa164392328-515
18Southampton164391835-1715
19Norwich CityNorwich1632111734-1711
20Watford16169930-219
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