Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Feyenoord vs Manchester City Lineups, Preview & Prediction

Feyenoord vs Manchester City Lineups, Preview & Prediction

Stones got off the mark in 2017-18 and told BT Sport he has been making a concerted effort to become more of a threat at set-pieces, having netted against Real Madrid and Tottenham during pre-season.

The game marked Jesus' debut in the Champions league for Manchester City.

The joy and delight of the fans at De Kuip was audibly evident, as this stadium was witnessing Champions League football for the first time in 15 years.

Guardiola has left the 34-year-old out of the squad to face Dutch champions Feyenoord tonight and said the player "knows why" he is out in the cold.

Pep Guardiola's men took less than two minutes to go ahead through John Stones.

Guardiola, who had plenty of success at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, took the reins last summer and led City to a third-place finish in the league while his side crashed out of the Champions League in the round of 16.

DELIGHT John Stones and Kevin De Bruyne join in the fun
Feyenoord vs Manchester City Lineups, Preview & Prediction

This is the club's sixth successive Champions League campaign but they are still to really come of age in the competition despite reaching the semi-finals in 2016 and then bringing in two-time winning manager Guardiola.

In England, Harry Kane's double spurred Tottenham Hotspur to a positive start as they beat Bundesliga side, Borussia Dortmund 3-1 at Wembley.

The player is unlikely to be so relaxed about the situation if there is no change in the next two months, though.

In fact, the Citizens have won just one of their last seven European away games (D3 L3). "He was so important last season".

Something which most impressed the Catalan and his team last season was that unless teams put 10 men behind the ball, De Bruyne and Silva would waste little time with horizontal passes and would instead drive forward the entire team with direct runs or passes. 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 emphatic victory over the Dutch champions was the ideal start for City, who failed to win any European away games in Guardiola's first season in charge.

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