Guardiola: "Feyenoord have won more European trophies than Manchester City"

Tricia Pearson
September 16, 2017

Pep Guardiola's rampant Manchester City will be keen to keep the momentum going as they open the hunt for Champions League glory against Feyenoord in Rotterdam today.

The might of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Juventus await them in the latter rounds and to stand a chance against them, City must put in a convincing pre-Christmas stint in the group stage.

Manchester City continued their fantastic form by claiming an important victory on matchday one in the Champions League.

The first goal came by more robust means, however, as Stones planted a firm header onto a David Silva cross following a short corner.

Despite Liverpool dominating much of the second period, their defending again let them down and it was Sevilla who scored through Joaquin Correa.

De Bruyne was a constant threat in the Group F opener, and Guardiola said after the match that the Belgium worldwide is "one of the best players I've ever seen in my life".

"Last season we couldn't win one game away from home and we spoke about that".

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Despite the best efforts from Tonny Vilhena, the Dutchman responsible for scoring Feyenoord's only goal when City's Manchester rivals lost at De Kuip last season, the ball trickled through his legs and into the back of the net - Manchester City registering their quickest European goal ever.

The win-win guest series "Manchester City" in the Champions League is equal to four meetings.

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. They were expected to win - and win handsomely - on Wednesday, and that's exactly what they did.

The England worldwide headed home two goals, including the opener after two minutes, as the Citizens thrashed Feyenoord 4-0 in the opening round of Group F fixtures.

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 amount of goals scored in last season's run will be cause for concern for Guardiola.

Captain Vincent Kompany remains sidelined with a calf injury.

It is the first time Feyenoord, who won the Dutch Eredivisie last season, have taken part in the Champions League competition in 15 years. There was no coming back from the single point haul from the two Ajax games and City were eliminated at the group stage.

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