Talking points: Feyenoord v Manchester City

13 Septembre, 2017, 14:19 | Auteur: Mathilde Kaplan
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"They have a lot of good players for sure but, in the Champions League, it's a different competition and we'll try to do our best to go as far as possible".

The matter raises fresh questions over the 34-year-old's future at the Etihad Stadium.

The manager's view may cause some surprise as he has just overseen £226m being spent in the transfer window and City's squad cost £775m to assemble in total, the most expensive ever.

Goal understands that, currently, the Ivorian will not be considered to start a match unless there is an improvement in his training output and one of either Gundogan or Fernandinho are unavailable through injury or suspension.

Speaking at his pre-game press conference, Van Bronckhorst stated Manchester City are one of the clubs that can win the Champions League this season, but thinks his side have the ability to shock them, "The match with City will be a big challenge for us, a club that can win the Champions League this year". History counts. We cannot deny English teams have more money, spend more money. Having eclipsed Ajax last season, they will be keen to impress on their return to the big stage they dominated briefly in the early 70s. Michiel Kramer should take his place up front. Strike partnerships may have gone out of fashion to a degree but the potency of these two could change that, at City at least.

Feyenoord are expected to line up in a 5-3-2 formation tomorrow night.

YAYA TOURE has been left out of Manchester City's Champions League opener at Feyenoord despite being fit, while goalkeeper Ederson could play wearing protective headgear. In doing so, Aguero became the Premier League's top-scoring non-European player of all time.

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Hoffenheim a battu le Bayern (2-0) dans le match à domicile de la troisième manche du championnat d'Allemagne de football. Sven Kums, qui avait observé le succès des siens depuis la tribune vendredi, fait à nouveau partie des joueurs convoqués.

Another player who will not feature is captain Vincent Kompany, who continues to be troubled by the calf injury.

Their last appearance in the Champions League group stage in 2002/03 saw them finish bottom of a group containing Juventus, Newcastle United and Dynamo Kiev.

"We are Manchester City, we have to win our respect in Europe, and every game in this competition is a chance to do that".

My preview of City's Champions League campaign, from the Feyenoord Stadion. "Hopefully he'll play soon, but it depends on him". There was no other manager in the world he would rather have had.

"We play our first game in the group stage".

The Brazilian, who suffered facial injuries in a nasty clash with Liverpool's Sadio Mane last Saturday, wore a skull cap and City will assess his fitness ahead of tomorrow morning's match.