Pep Guardiola calms talk of Champions League success for Manchester City

Pep Guardiola calms talk of Champions League success for Manchester City

The Ivorian is yet to make an official appearance for the Citizens this season, and when manager Pep Guardiola dropped him from his squad for the Champions League trip to Feyenoord on Wednesday, it was clear that all is not well between the two once again. We are still in the process of growing. "Of course that can happen but we will see". History counts. We can not deny English teams have more money, spend more money.

With injury doubts once again circling around captain Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi's woeful lack of pace shown up by the trouble he got from Mohamed Salah, the Catalan's insistence on three at the back and gung-ho attacking may be tempered on this occasion.

The Citizens will be hoping the kit can be representative of a successful season, with the club now joint top of the Premier League alongside local rivals Manchester United. "We are starting in a country that appreciates and loves football and we will try to do our best".

Feyenoord haven't featured in the Champions League group stages since the 2002/03 season, but after winning the Eredivisie last season, Giovanni van Bronckhorst are back among the European elite in a group that contains Manchester City, Napoli and Shakhtar Donetsk.

Despite a sticky start in the competition, when tough draws came thick and fast, City's steady progress since 2008 means the club are now in a good position to press on in their attempt to beat the semifinal reached in 2015-16.

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"No, no - it is just a sporting decision", he added. Six players finished contracts last season, the only one who stayed is Yaya, because he is a special player.

"But the decision is he didn't play the last game, and today he is not in the squad and he knows the reason why".

City's players will certainly not be taking the game lightly, with more than enough of them having tasted disappointment at the group stage before. I want more from Yaya; more from everyone'.

City's Brazilian goalkeeper suffered a sickening boot to the face during a Premier League meeting with Liverpool on Saturday, which forced him off the field on a stretcher and requiring hospital treatment.

"He wants to be around the team, in that environment". I have to speak with him tomorrow.

John Stones, who may line up alongside Otamendi and Danilo in a three-man defence, said: "Ederson has got on with it straightaway".

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