Tuesday, March 04, 2014


Wembley wizard: Yaya Toure scored a 33-yard screamer as Manchester City came from behind to win the Capital One Cup against Sunderland on Sunday

Manchester City midfielder, Samir Nasri is of the opinion that fellow team mate, who he describes as ''World Class'' is not appreciated because he is an African.

Nasri believes the Ivorian's nationality “counts against him”, lauding him as one of the world's best and does not believe the Ivorian receives the recognition he deserves because of his nationality.

Yaya Toure's stunning equaliser shifted the momentum decisively in Manchester City's favour after Fabio Borini's early strike had given Sunderland hope of an upset. 
Out of reach: Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone watches Toure's strike sail into the far corner

Standing 33 yards from goal, Yaya took in a pass from Pablo Zabaleta and, with no other thought in his head, curled an exquisite, looping shot that took Vito Mannone by surprise and found the top corner. The shot was clocked on the speed gun at 57.2mph.
Jumping for joy: Toure is mobbed by captain Kompany after his equalising goal

Nasri, who also scored, alongside Spaniard, Jesus Navas to help Manchester City win Sunderland by 3-1 to lift the Capital One trophy,  is convinced the three-time African Player of the Year is the best midfielder in the world and believes he would be more highly regarded by others were he Brazilian or Argentine.
Delight: Nasri converted a deflected cross from the left from Aleksandar Kolarov

He can do everything, he can score goals, he can defend, he can attack. When he gets the ball he is so powerful.

“You should just admire the way he plays because he's a great player. I might be a little bit biased because he's my friend, but for me he's in the top three of the best midfielders in the world.

“Of course it counts against him being from Ivory Coast. If he was Argentine or Brazilian everyone will talk about him, everyone. You have some Brazilians or Argentinians, I don't want to say anything wrong, but just because they are from this country you pay them £40 million or £50m.
                         In the bag: City players celebrate Navas' goal and a hard-fought victory at Wembley 

“A guy like Yaya, he [has] won every trophy, he is always there. Tell me one defensive midfielder who can go forward like him who can score 16 or 17 goals in a season. Tell me one and then we can talk.”

City are currently six points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea but, with two games in hand, Nasri says he does not fear the Blues' title charge and is confident the side can swiftly return to the summit.

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