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

Manchester City keeper Ederson

He said: "It's a big challenge to play against a club that can win the Champions League".

But he is yet to play a minute of the current campaign and on Tuesday he was left out of City's Champions League squad for Wednesday's game against Feyenoord. I was a football player working with my idol Johan Cruyff [at Barcelona] and after that Louis van Gaal, a lot of Holland players in my team.

City's players will certainly not be taking the game lightly, with more than enough of them having tasted disappointment at the group stage before.

Although Jonny Evans was a Manchester United player for a long span, that didn't stop Guardiola from trying to sign him. I don't know when, but he'll be back soon.

"I am so happy with what the club have done", he said. The team fell short at the last-16 stage last season, exposed by the attacking brilliance of Monaco. I know how complicated it is.

But Toure apologised and became a key member of Guardiola's squad, earning a new deal, and the City boss said he remains part of his plans.

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"I spoke with him and he knows the reason why but it is between him and me", Guardiola said when asked about Toure's absence at De Kuip, although he clarified application in training was not the issue.

Guardiola, speaking ahead of the game at Feyenoord Stadion, insisted it was a "sporting decision" rather than anything to do with training, but left a distinct impression that not all was well.

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.

Guardiola will make a decision on the fitness of goalkeeper Ederson today.

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

First up for Feyenoord is a home tie against Premier League money bags Manchester City, who finished third in the league last season. The Brazilian has been training wearing protective headgear after suffering facial injuries which required eight stitches in a nasty clash with Liverpool's Sadio Mane.

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