Kolo Toure backs Elephants rotation policy

By John BennettBBC World Service Sport
Kolo Toure
Kolo Toure

Ivory Coast defender Kolo Toure says players support coach Sabri Lamouchi's decision to rotate the squad in their 3-0 victory over Tunisia on Saturday.

Toure was one of four players - including captain Didier Drogba - who were dropped to the bench after starting the opening game against Togo.

But the Manchester City centre-back reckons a rotation policy could be a big advantage for the Elephants.

"That's great for us," the former Arsenal defender told BBC Sport.

"The most important thing is that we lift the trophy. It doesn't matter who plays and who doesn't play.

"We want to go back home with this trophy.

"We have such great players in Ivory Coast, it's very important to give them a chance to play and the guys that came into the team were unbelievable."

Goals from Gervinho, Yaya Toure and Didier Ya Konan gave the Elephants victory over Tunisia and the result means they have now booked their place in the quarter-finals, taking top spot in Group D with one match still left to play.

"It was a fantastic performance from the team," Kolo Toure added.

"We played as a group. In the first game we won but didn't play very well.

"But against Tunisia it was a great, great game, the players who played, played as a unit and were really good."

Meanwhile, Ivory Coast Saloman Kalou believes the victory over Tunisia will give them a huge amount of confidence for the rest of the tournament.

"Collectively I think that's one of our best games, we played together and we had focus from the beginning to the end, that's our quality."

"We always have players who can make a difference in every game; although I can't say we are unbeatable, we have a much better chance to win the games."

Kalou made his first start of the tournament in the match against Tunisia, replacing Max Gradel on the right wing and, like Kolo Toure, is also supportive of Lamouchi's decision to rotate the first eleven.

"It's important to give the feeling to everyone that it's possible to play in the team if you give your best."

"The players that came in did really well and gave their best. That's what it's about. You have to give 200%. We're all very happy to have another three points."

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