For Manchester City’s Yaya Toure, the Champions League match against Lionel Messi and Barcelona meant more. Toure had played for Barcelona and won a lot of trophies with the club in his time there. The midfielder was a part of a Barcelona team that won the treble of Champions League, La Liga and Copa Del Rey in their historic 2008-09 season.
He then made the switch to Manchester City and faced his old teammates today.
“Their players know to lift themselves at the right time, that people are waiting for it,” Toure said, via Sky Sports. “It’s the Champions League, the last 16. They will be concentrating hard and applying themselves.
“They know the match is played over two games and they have a lot of experience. Having played there, I know all about their mentality.”
After the game, Toure met up with Messi and in this photo Toure makes Messi look tiny. Toure is 6’2″ and Messi is 5’7″.
— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) February 18, 2014