Kolo Toure believes handing the captain’s armband to Carlos Tevez has helped the striker’s game and the Blues chances of a top four finish.
Manager Roberto Mancini appointed the Argentina international as his on field leader in the summer deposing the elder Toure brother in the process.
But both Kolo and Tevez have been in tip-top form at the start of the campaign having shown no adverse reaction to the switch.
“The manager had a chat with me and told me what he intended to do; that he felt being captain would help Carlos and team,” explained Toure.
It did not upset me at all. I understood exactly why the manager did what he did. At first when he told me I thought ‘what have I done wrong, have I not done the job well?’ but once he had explained his reasons to me I was fine.
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“He said he wanted to get Carlos more involved in the team and he has done. He wanted to give Carlos more responsibility because he is a great player.”
Clean sheets aplenty at the back and Tevez finding the net five times already means that there is statistical evidence of the change being positive.
“It has worked very well for me and it has worked very well for Carlos. The most important thing is always the team and I will do anything to make it better,” continued Kolo.
“When Carlos is not on the field or substituted I am happy to take the armband again. I am very proud to be a Manchester City player.
“Football is not an individual sport it is all about the team, the spirit within that team, the winning mentality within that team and so it doesn’t matter to me who the captain is.
“I will give my best all the time whether or not I am wearing the armband.”