Champions League Preview: Manchester City Need A Good Start Against Feyenoord

Champions League Preview: Manchester City Need A Good Start Against Feyenoord

Champions League Preview: Manchester City Need A Good Start Against Feyenoord

The Manchester United manager argued that the Premier League is more challenging than other leading leagues, which means teams on the continent can afford to rest players throughout the season and keep them fresh for the closing stages of Europe's elite competition.

"I don't know now if we're able to compete for the titles because we're in the process of growing". I don't know when, but he'll be back soon. The step for the English teams - club and national teams - is to do that, win one, or be close.

The Catalan - whose club have gone beyond the last 16 only once in the last six seasons - asked John Stones how many Champions League games he had played - "ten maybe", the defender replied - to demonstrate that Barcelona and Bayern players have greater experience.

Meanwhile, Guardiola played down suggestions that playing Dutch champions Feyenoord represented an easy start to this season's campaign and said he would field his strongest lineup. History counts. We can not deny English teams have more money, spend more money.

Simon is one of ESPN FC's Manchester City bloggers. I grew up loving the Holland culture, how they play. I know how complicated it is. "But we have often defeated big teams".

"Hopefully, they can enjoy being here".

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The Rotterdammers have started the defence of their title with four victories from four, notching 12 goals to catapult van Bronckhorst's troops back to the top of the table at this early stage.

Manchester City will wear a brand new kit for their Champions League season debut away to Feyenoord, and the Blues launched their new uniform on Tuesday morning. 'I demand as much as possible.

"It's a sportive decision", Guardiola said.

However, the match at the De Kuip has come too soon for his captain, Vincent Kompany, who remains sidelined with a calf injury he suffered on global duty with Belgium.

City's Champions League history against Dutch sides is short, having played Ajax home and away and with very little success in Roberto Mancini's last season of 2012-13.

Guardiola said: "The decision was he didn't play the last game and today he was not in the squad".

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