Manchester City can win Champions League, says Feyenoord boss Van Bronckhorst

13 Septembre, 2017, 14:17 | Auteur: Lucien Wathelet
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As Manchester City prepare to launch their 2017-18 assault on the Champions League, manager Pep Guardiola will be well aware of the pressure facing him to make serious advances towards the oft-stated designs of the club's ambitious owners.

Khaldoon did not need convincing.

Although Guardiola and his staff had been concerned about Toure before the transfer window closed, there were no available funds to sign a replacement because moves for Jonny Evans and Alexis Sanchez went down to the wire, and no viable targets had been pursued to an extent to strike a deal at short notice.

Manchester City, while not having the worst group by any stretch of the imagination, will need a good start.

"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".

The Rotterdammers claimed a 1-0 home win over City's rivals Manchester United in the Europa League last season. He wants to be around the team, in that environment.

Pep Guardiola simply said a 'sporting decision' had been made to omit veteran midfielder Toure.

A lot can change in football between mid-September and early December with club's priorities changing depending on a wide range of circumstances.

"Ederson is here, he's got protection".

Eric Botteghin was rested at the weekend but should come back into the line-up, while Ridgeciano Haps is not fit enough, meaning Miquel Nelom will continue at left-back. A total of 24 goals were scored and 16 conceded in City's 10 competitive games, which included a 5-0 play-off drubbing against Steaua Bucharest, another five goal haul against Monaco (5-3), a big win against Borussia Monchengladbach (4-0), a thrillingly entertaining draw at Celtic (3-3) and the aforementioned thrashing in Barcelona.

"I know from my experience it is".

Pressed on why Toure has stayed behind in Manchester, the Spaniard told reporters at Tuesday's press conference: "I spoke with him, he knows the reason why".

That, in turn, led to a longer period of isolation from the side for the Ivorian.

And it would be best to avoid Real Madrid.

He went on to have an influential role in Guardiola's side for the rest of the campaign but now finds himself back on the sidelines and frozen out again.

"Vincent is much better".

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.

"That shows his character".

"If they're in the Champions League, they are a good team", said Silva of the Dutch side.

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