The Ivorian midfielder has lamented the chances his side missed, though he is upbeat over the Elephants’ chances for progression deeper in the tournament.After Cote d’Ivoire’s 0-0 draw with Portugal, Goal.com caught up with Yaya Toure to discover his thoughts about the game.
Goal.com: Yaya, were you the better team and did you deserved to win?
YT: Yes, it was fairly complicated. We had a lot of chances but we always missed the last pass, but we'll try to work on it.
Goal.com: Do you have regrets about the score of the match?
YT: Yes, because we should have scored a goal. But it was a good match; we'll try to watch the video and correct our mistakes.
Goal.com: Was the return of Didier Drogba beneficial for the team?
YT: Yes, it was good for the team but, as we said, we have many players at a good level. I’m thinking of Gervinho or Salomon Kalou, who have been good. I think it bodes well, although for now, the most important thing was to take confidence. For the remainder [of the tournament] that will be important.
Goal.com: Do you consider that this result is satisfactory?
YT: Frankly, we could do better, but hey, I think that even if Portugal are a great team, we will have to improve later.
Goal.com: Is the team a bit tense in the current context?
YT: No, no, not tense at all. We are a good team, especially with young Gervinho.
Goal.com: Is it difficult to play in the current conditions, which have been questioned?
YT: No. We are more or less familiar with them. It is true that in Africa it can be a lot warmer. It is a plus.
Goal.com: And the ball, did it cause you problems?
YT: No. We like the ball a lot – apart from the goalkeeper, who may have difficulties.
Goal.com: What did Sven-Goran Eriksson say at the end of the match?
YT: He told us we could do better. We could have scored a goal given our opportunities, but it's a good omen for the future.
Goal.com: Did you have a plan against Cristiano Ronaldo?
YT: No, no, [we had] no anti-Ronaldo plan...
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