Yaya Toure says keeping the likes of Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo quiet during the 2009 Champions League final is his best memory of the competition, reports the Independent.
The Ivory Coast international will be unable to produce a similar performance when Manchester City travel to Rome in need of a victory to progress in the competition this evening, as he is ruled out through suspension.
Toure has fond memories in Europe’s elite competition however, and recalls being deployed at centre back the night of the 2009 final due to Carlos Puyol filling in at right back due to a suspension to Dani Alves.
“The final in the Champions League [against Manchester United in 2009] where we were able to play and defend in front of [two of] the top class strikers in the world [Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney],” Toure said when asked of his favourite Champions League memory.”
Toure was also a part of the Barcelona side that beat Chelsea in the semi-final that year in controversial circumstances, courtesy of a last minute goal from Andre Iniesta.
“The game we [Barcelona] played against Chelsea, the first one, the semi-final, there was a lot of speculation about the game,” the 31-year-old said.
“But lifting the trophy [with Barcelona] was the most important, it was the first time I was able to touch this trophy.”