Video Pick: Doin' the Yaya Toure Hustle

Embarrassing video of Yaya Toure  lollygagging around the Bernabeau on Wednesday embodied Manchester City's listless Champions League semifinal loss to Real Madrid, and reminds us one of the best players in recent Premier League history became such while rarely expending maximum effort.

Toure won two La Liga titles and a Champions League crown in three seasons at Barcelona, which thrives by winning the ball back quickly, but with Man City only a goal away from reaching its first ever European Cup final the Ivorian did everything he could to dispel the notion players must learn to move nonstop and rapidly close down the ball to survive in the rough and tumble Premier League, where Yaya's won two league titles while frequently ambling around in geriatric fashion.

So the next time a British pundit reminds you "this team/player would never survive in the Barclays Premier League with that kind of effort," we want you to remember -- only Wayne Rooney gets paid more money to play soccer in England than this guy.

7 comments about "Video Pick: Doin' the Yaya Toure Hustle".
  1. Georges Carraha, May 6, 2016 at 10:15 a.m.

    If you've watched Yaya Toure over the years you would have known that he has never been a "pressing" player and to bring him down in this video sequence is unfair and a bit ignorant. Pressing does not mean rushing at a player every chance you get but simply blocking the player's passing lane and forcing him to take another path.

  2. beautiful game, May 6, 2016 at 10:44 a.m.

    GC, u make a good point...the author should have chastised the coach and team for not going after the away goal.

  3. Georges Carraha replied, May 6, 2016 at 11:21 a.m.

    Absolutely! Man City only needed a goal and they did not fight for it. Real Madrid was not exceptional but got the goal! I will take Yaya Toure's intelligence and decision makin anytime over flashy players! Tour is againg will be out soon.

  4. charles davenport, May 6, 2016 at 10:48 a.m.

    Nothing out of the ordinary on this video.

  5. Samuel Charles, May 6, 2016 at 2:14 p.m.

    Yaya is actually one of my favorite players, and he's behaved this way for years, as i mentioned (twice). ~ I was attempting to poke fun the Premier League's alleged copyright on intensity. As we're constantly told players must be in perpetual motion to survive in England. ~ But Yaya is one of many players who have dominated the Premier League with skill and intelligence, while conserving energy. ~ Thanks for reading everybody.

  6. Ginger Peeler, May 6, 2016 at 6:33 p.m.

    Samuel, you really don't need to explain yourself. You succeeded in saying what you wanted to say in the first place. I notice some Soccer America readers who make comments struggle with reading comprehension and are very defensive for what they seem to perceive as attacks or complaints.

  7. Samuel Charles replied, May 6, 2016 at 7:27 p.m.

    Thanks Ginger. I love to get reader feedback, good and bad. (Besides, if people weren't allowed to make critical comments - they may have to shut down a third of the internet). Have great weekend. - Sam

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