Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has revealed he was confident that Pep Guardiola would need him again after marking his shock start with two goals at Crystal Palace.
The 2-1 win at Selhurst Park helped the Citizens keep draw level with Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table and Toure was quick to thank his team-mates for the support he has received over the last few months.
“They have always been brilliant with me, always supportive. I always want to be there to help them,” Toure told the BBC.
“I am professional, I always want to improve my game. I was prepared mentally and I knew that one day my manager would need me. You must always stay professional.”
“I was delighted to play today, it was difficult for me. I am very happy to be playing football, my team-mates are very important to me.”