Clichy - Barry deserves credit
Gael Clichy believes Gareth Barry deserves credit for his role in Man City's position at the top and for enabling Yaya Toure to shine.
Last Updated: 05/03/12 9:48am
Gael Clichy believes Gareth Barry deserves credit for his role in Manchester City's position at the top of the table and for enabling Yaya Toure to shine.
Toure has been a dominant figure in City's title bid this season and has garnered the headlines since the Ivory Coast international's return from the Africa Cup of Nations.
However, Clichy believes that team-mate Barry's role in providing Toure with a platform to influence games for City also merits a mention.
Clichy said: "Of course Yaya is impressive, but it's always the way in football that the players who score goals or make a difference in the final third are the ones we look at.
"But without Gareth Barry, Yaya wouldn't be the same player.
"You have to give credit where it's due. Yaya is a great player, and that is why he played for a team like Barcelona and won the Champions League and everything.
"But it's like Zinedine Zidane - at the time he was playing for Real Madrid he had Claude Makelele behind him.
"We have to know the qualities in our team and of course we are happy to have Yaya but we have to give credit to the whole team because we play good football and are defensively solid."
Though the likes of Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Mario Balotelli have joined Toure in dominating the column inches, Clichy does not want any City player's contribution to be overlooked.
The full-back added: "As long as you know that people within the team respect you for what you are doing, I am sure Gareth is fine with it.
"Maybe it's for the media to put these guys in the light, because sometimes without Gareth Barry, City are not the same team.
"You have to give credit to players like that, and goalkeepers and defenders - but that is the way football is today, unfortunately."