Former Barcelona full-back Dani Alves has strongly criticised the Liga champions for treating him disrespectfully before his move to Juventus last year. The Brazil international won a remarkable 23 titles across eight seasons at Camp Nou but left on a free transfer to join the Serie A giants. In an interview with Spanish newspaper ABC, Alves accused Barcelona's board of failing to discuss the prospect of a new contract with him until the club were hit by a player registration ban in 2014 for breaking FIFA rules related to signing young players.
It has been one of the great sights of English soccer in recent years, Yaya Toure picking up possession in central midfield for Manchester City, rampaging upfield and scattering opponents in his path. Toure is now found sitting in front of City's defense, reading the game, dictating its tempo, picking off opposition passes, and starting attacks rather than finishing them. The former Ivory Coast captain started the season ostracized by Guardiola, who was unhappy at both Toure's fitness levels and the criticism coming from the player's outspoken agent, Dimitri Seluk.