Guardiola: "Feyenoord have won more European trophies than Manchester City"

Doug Mendoza
September 16, 2017

So much so, in fact, that Karim El Ahmadi, who before the game said they weren't scared of the Cityzens, admitted it felt like they had extra men on the pitch. "I want more, not just from Yaya - I want more from everyone".

Captain Vincent Kompany remains sidelined with a calf injury. Those were also certainly happier times for Ajax boss Frank de Boer, enjoying the kind of stage and backing palpably lacking at the more prosaic surroundings of Crystal Palace this autumn. While fans and pundits (this one included) concerned themselves with this new-look De Bruyne and whether he was suited to his deeper-lying role, the message from the training ground was that he completely grasped everything, both in theory and in practice.

Guardiola said: "I spoke with him and he knows the reason why, but its between him and me". It depends on the player'.

The money lavished on player upgrades this summer speaks volumes for the ambition of Guardiola, the club and Sheikh Mansour.

In fact, the Citizens have won just one of their last seven European away games (D3 L3).

"Until the next global break, there are many games to play". 'That is the difference'.

This will mark the first competitive clash between Feyenoord and Manchester City. They were expected to win - and win handsomely - on Wednesday, and that's exactly what they did. It is physical, yes, but it is the same in Spain or Germany, ' he said back then.

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In a game that everyone expected to go right down to the wire, it was completely the opposite as the home team took full advantage of their opponents being a man down after Sadio Mane was sent off early on in the first half for a unsafe challenge on Ederson Moraes. 'The titles and the way they play, the self-confidence, shows that.

"Starting a competition by winning the first game away is so important". We have made a huge effort to buy five players to make that step forward, like all the big teams have done in Europe.

Guardiola's goalkeeper Ederson was an emblem of the spirit he hinted is missing in Toure.

The 24-year-old does has been impressive but playing him again so soon could be risky. 'I could understand that feeling, ' he said.

Demoralised Feyenoord, back in the Champions League group stage for the first time in 15 years, conceded a third on 25 minutes, appealing in vain for an offside flag as Jesus pounced on a rebound after Jones had parried Benjamin Mendy's long-range strike.

Pep Guardiola's side got off to the ideal start after taking a fortuitous lead inside two minutes.

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