Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has called for video replays to be used in Premier League fixtures after the Ivorian felt aggrieved that his side weren’t awarded a penalty when Raheem Sterling was clearly pushed by Kyle Walker inside the box.
The incident, which was the main point of controversy during City’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham on Saturday, led directly to the visitor’s equaliser – and Toure urged the need for referee assistance. He said:
“For me if video can be involved in football it is going to be brilliant.
“If the ref looks at the highlights as well he is going to feel something is unfair. We all do wrongs in life but this is difficult to take.
“It is two points going away. We played against a good team. Tottenham are fantastic, they play well, they are strong, they fight for every ball. But we deserved three points.
“We’re frustrated because we feel like we’ve been robbed.”
Walker himself admitted that he had pulled Sterling back, adding fuel to the post-match fire.
With Pep Guardiola’s side conceding six goals in their last two matches the Spaniard looks set to delve into the club’s bank account and sign Burnley’s highly-rated centre-back Michael Keane, according to The Sun.
Manchester City, alongside Everton and Leicester, are believed to be firmly in the hunt for the 24-year-old who would be allowed to leave Turf Moor for a fee of around £20 million.
City have only kept four clean sheets in the Premier League this season, the same amount as relegation-threatened Leicester City and Guardiola knows that he needs to improve his defence.
The Sun report that a scout at the Etihad Stadium went to watch Keane in action over the past week.
Another person voicing his concerns about Guardiola’s defence is ex-Newcastle and Blackburn forward Alan Shearer, who said in his column for The Sun yesterday that City desperately need to invest in their back-line if they are to salvage anything from the current season.
Shearer cites the City manager as the main man responsible for their recent defensive issues, claiming that the Spaniard alters formation and personnel in his back-line too frequently and therefore doesn’t allow his players the chance to gel as a defensive unit.
“Yes, it was a penalty late on when Raheem Sterling was pushed — but that incident helped to mask the fact his side blew a 2-0 lead.
“The problems with the goalkeeper are well documented but he was not to blame for either goal.
“City simply cannot defend and a lot of the indecision at the back comes from the indecision of the manager.
“He changes from three at the back to four or five.
“The personnel change regularly too and the ones that do play look uncertain about their role.”
Manchester City take a break from Premier League football due to their fourth-round FA Cup tie with Crystal Palace this weekend, before travelling to West Ham as they look to break their winless run.
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