Guardiola pays tribute to 'beloved' Yaya Toure ahead of final home game

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"I would never celebrate a goal against City".

"To be the best we have to win more", he added.

'First of all, I want to thank Sheik Mansour and Khaldoon Al Mubarak as well because they've been magnificent for the fans, ' said Toure.

Toure departs with City back on top of the English game, but having only played a peripheral role in this season's title win after being marginalised by Guardiola since the Spanish coach's arrival in 2016. That is held by Manchester United who won the league in 1999/2000 by 18 points, and are now 20 behind City.

Guardiola also said it was also fitting farewell to Yaya Toure on his final appearance for the club after eight years at the Etihad Stadium.

"What I like the most with Leroy, seeing his outstanding performance, finishing the game and I felt he could do better", he said.

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So, with this game in mind, what did we learn?

His name was chanted throughout the contest, there was a huge cheer when he was substituted late on and the crowd also showed their appreciation for the 34-year-old Ivorian during a post-match presentation on the pitch involving his brother and former City team-mate Kolo Toure.

"He's not leaving because he'll always be part of it", Guardiola said.

"I suppose him and (David) Silva instantly come to mind that have been through a longer period and seen the real progress of this football team".

The midfield behemoth was signed in 2010 from Barcelona and became one of the most crucial figures as City turned from also-rans into a dominant force. "He lives close to here, he's loved by the crowd, the locker room, his speech was wonderful, it was a flawless night for us". "I just want to say thank you to Yaya". City captain Vincent Kompany made a point of getting Toure to hold one handle of the trophy as it was lifted to the backdrop of fireworks, flames and tickertape.

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