As he walked into the dressing room, he was given a standing ovation by his teammates. Yes, Toure is a great player, he still has things to provide, but his prime is over, and it won't take long for Guardiola to send him back to the bench.
But Toure has won Guardiola round during the past few months thanks to his hard work on the training pitch and in his own spare time: according to one well-placed City source he has "trained like a demon" in recent months. The main reason for that was Toure's agent, Dimitri Seluk, who Guardiola clearly dislikes because of Seluk's open criticism toward him. Guardiola divulged that his defender is being cared for at a Spanish hospital.
Calf and groin injuries forced Kompany to miss most of last season, as well as the European Championship across June-July, and various minor setbacks have restricted him to five appearances this season.
In and out of City's mixed run of late, in terms of performance, the poorest and most frustrating games have been at the Etihad, with the obvious exception of the Champions League win against Barcelona.
"Toure is another guy to compete with our midfield players and increase our level", Guardiola said.
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The Belgian returned to the City line-up on Saturday for the first time since the end of October, having only then returned to the first team after limping out of his first match of the season at the end of September.
Manchester City will take on Burnley in the Premier League at 1.30am Sunday.
The City skipper has not travelled to Germany for his side's penultimate Group C game at Borussia Monchengladbach after it was confirmed he faces another lay-off with a knee injury.
"I am more satisfied when we play (well but don't win) against Middlesbrough for example, against Everton, even Tottenham in the second half, than (against Palace), but you have to win".
The player demonstrated why he is amongst the leading figures at the club by slotting home his side's 2 goals to help them beat Palace at their fortress. If there was a doubt, he would not be here.