Yaya Toure says followers of the English Premier League will see a Spanish-style Manchester City this season.
When manager Manuel Pellegrini first arrived at the Etihad, his new players immediately remarked how the Chilean had begun to model them around Barcelona.
He subsequently signed Jesus Navas from and Alvaro Negredo from La Liga, and they have connected with their Spanish international team-mate David Silva, who was already ensconced as one of English football’s top midfield schemers.
City exploded into action this season by inflicting a merciless defeat on Newcastle United, during which their pressing was relentless and their attacking uncurbed.
And Toure says the difference between Pellegrini and former City boss Roberto Mancini is that the ex-Malaga man has brought a more attacking brand of Spanish football with him to England.
“They are two different coaches,” Toure said in an interview with Marca.
“I do what they tell me. In terms of football, maybe we have changed the way we play. We're attacking more now, with a very Spanish style.”
Regarding the influence of the Spanish armada that has seemingly sailed into the Etihad, Yaya added: “They all have a lot of skill and give us balance.
“Navas is very quick and intelligent.
“On the left, Silva is very good at finding the spaces.”
Meanwhile, Toure admits that as Marca puts it, City’s “recent performances in the Champions League have been disastrous.”
And he says that they are now determined to emulate the success of teams like Barca in Europe this season.
“That's our main objective this year, of course. We have to have a brilliant season and top it off in Europe,” he said.