Yaya Toure backs Pep Guardiola style: 'It's annoying to defend all the time'

Yaya Toure says he finds it "difficult" and "annoying" to be constantly defending while backing the attacking style that Pep Guardiola has brought to Manchester City.

The 33-year-old has endured a difficult season after being kept out of the squad until November over a dispute between Guardiola and his agent.

But with the the conflict resolved, Toure says he's enjoying playing under City's first-year manager.

"We all want to play like this," he said. "Myself, I don't want to be in a defensive team. Defending is something difficult. As a player who likes football, it is annoying to defend all the time.

"The style we play now is the best style. Of course, we try to do our best, we always have chances to score, clear chances.

"We missed them against Liverpool [on Sunday] but sometimes you have to accept that because we've been playing a lot of games this month, every three days, and maybe this cost us a little bit."

It's also to City's benefit when their opponents avoid sitting back to defend, Toure added.

"It suits us because the opponent is gonna attack us," he said. "That's what we want. We are delighted when a team tries to attack us.

"You can see how few teams try to attack us, even when we play at home. When you see players like [Leroy] Sane and Raheem [Sterling], they need space and playing away is always brilliant for us."

Toure also said he is using the international break to prepare for City's crucial back-to-back games at Arsenal and Chelsea.

"We have to prepare now for the next game," he said. "[In the international break] I will breathe, sleep, run a little bit, be good -- because Arsenal and Chelsea are massive games and we have an opportunity if we want to finish in the top four.

"What we have to do when we come back is get these six points and try to do our best because we know it's gonna be tough."