Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has joined manager Pep Guardiola in criticising the “rubbish” Mitre ball used in the EFL Cup.
Toure played 120 minutes as Premier League leaders City toiled against Championship Wolves before winning on penalties, and he agreed with his manager that the ball was “unacceptable”.
“I don’t like it, to be honest,” said Toure. “They can do better than that. It’s too light. Even in my country they can’t use those kind of balls. I think they have to be better than that because the ball was too soft. It’s rubbish, but that’s fine.”
Asked specifically about the problems with the ball, Toure said: “It’s everything. Shooting – the ball is very light, when you touch it, it’s floating, it’s rubbish. And in this weather it’s difficult.”
Toure even said the Mitre was worse than the famous Jabulani from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
“The World Cup one was better than this one,” he added. “A lot of players were complaining. The FA can try to do something because we just want to enjoy it. It’s difficult to play with these kind of balls but we try to find a way.”