Kompany defends below-par Toure

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After the Ivorian scored 24 goals in all competitions last season as City lifted the Premier League title and Capital One Cup, his return of just one goal so for this term has raised a few eyebrows.

And after a pre-season in which all the headlines were about his displeasure at City failing to wish him a happy birthday, some quarters are also questioning his commitment.

Kompany, though, feels this is unfair.

"He's done so much for this club, he's always played brilliantly," Kompany said. "He is always an important player - when he does well, the team does well.

"We've had a tough start because we've played tough teams. You can't deny that. He has set the standards very high for himself. But to say he is not at his best, then, I don't agree.

"It's so early in the season to call something like this. Things will improve for everyone."

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