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Feyenoord v Manchester City- 7.45pm Weds 13th Sept - UEFA Champions League Group Stage Match Preview
11 September 2017 15:26 Post ID: #605558
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City’s Champions League campaign commences with an away (no surprise there) fixture against the current Dutch champions, Feyenoord.

Managed by ex-Rangers, Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder Giovanni van Bronckhurst, ‘De Trots van Zuid' (The Pride of the South) are also known as the People’s Club (now, where have we heard that before?….. ) . Founded in 1908 they are one of the most successful clubs in the Netherlands winning 15 domestic league titles, 12 Dutch Cups & 2 UEFA Cups to their credit.

Feyenoord won the Eredivisie last season - their first title for 18 years - ahead of their arch-rivals Ajax with a 6 point margin and a goal difference of +61. They are making their first appearance in European Football’s premier competition in fifteen years and will be looking to build on the confidence of a good start of their domestic title defence. Undefeated in the Eredivisie so far this season having won all four games Feyenoord have found the net 12 times in the league so far, 9 of those goals coming in their last 2 matches. They have only lost 4 out their last 38 Eredvisie matches and clearly will present a stern test for Pep Guardiola’s side.

City enter their sixth successive Champions League campaign having progressed to the round of sixteen or beyond in each of the last four. Our overall record against Dutch opposition stands at W2 D2 L1 with the last fixture against a Dutch side being a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Ajax in October 2012 in the club’s inaugural season in the competition.

Having ruthlessly despatched the English version of The People’s Champions at the weekend the City squad will come into the game full of confidence. Whilst this must be tempered with an appropriate degree of caution of course the fact that their opponents will be out to impress the home fans on their return to the Champions League after such a long absence may be a blessing in disguise. The majority of the 51,000+ crowd at the De Kuip stadium will undoubtedly be raucous, loud and urging their side forward in this long awaited return to the top table of European football - something which may be more helpful to City than were this opening Group Stage match being held at the Etihad where they may adopt a more conservative approach.

Pep Guardiola knows that having had a full season at the club and been backed in the acquisition of some significant signings in the last transfer window, progressing to the knock out stage of the competition is the barest minimum required by the club’s senior management. Indeed, getting to the quarter finals or beyond are perhaps more likely targets listed on his annual appraisal. The squad is now becoming his own, the legacy of his predecessor diminishing as the weeks pass and so the responsibility for success or otherwise becomes less and less down to what ‘inherited’ and more down to how he is moulding them.

Ederson may miss out after his nasty collision with the right boot of Sadio Mané at the weekend - we await updates from Pep. Whatever else may emerge from that incident - aside from the utterly bizarre ‘debate’ as to whether the challenge merited a red card [SHAKING HEAD] - the young Brazilian has endeared himself to Blues fans for his bravery. He did not flinch in challenging for that ball and has already demonstrated enough shot stopping skills and distribution ability to make City fans believed that we may finally have found “The One’. Danilo continues to impress - his versatility clearly making him a dream for Pep - and Mendy is in grave danger of becoming a City legend in his first season. His lightning fast quality crossing of the ball is a joy to behold and will be loved by City’s forward line.

Aside from Kompany’s continued absence the big decision is whether Pep will play one striker or two. You would get short odds from me that should he opt to start with only Jesus the media hacks will once again wheel out their utterly tiresome “Aguero benched AGAIN” headlines and bang on ad nauseam about Aguero being ‘unhappy’ and ‘I can’t understand why he would do that to such a lethal striker’…..whilst ignoring Jesus’s record so far in a sky blue shirt. and his legitimate claims to a starting berth. We will see. Of course Aguero deserves a start also and will have endeared himself no end to his coach last Saturday with his unselfish pass to set up Jesus for his second goal when he could as easily have taken it on himself. That is the sort of team ethic which Pep loves and what most ‘pundits’ seem to fail to appreciate is that by making that pass instead of what they might have expected him to do (take on the keeper himself) he will have now sewn seeds of doubt in the minds of opposing defences and managers as well as cementing his relationship with his strike partner. But I think Pep may opt for a single striker from the start and reserve Sergio for later in the game when legs are tiring and this is reflected in my potential starting XI.

This is a big season for Pep Guardiola at the helm of Manchester City FC and there could be no better way to follow up the demolition of Klopp’s Heroes with a solid away victory on Wednesday.

Come on City!!!


Opponent to watch

Jens Toornstra - arguably Feyenoord’s most important player. An attacking central midfielder he has a good range of passing, can switch the play and is comfortable bringing the ball out at his feet.

Match Officials (Polish)

Referee - Szymon Marciniak
Assistants - P Sokolnicki; T Listkiewicz
Fourth Official - R Siejka
Addition Assistant Referees (with the Harry Potter wands) - P Raczkowski; T Musial

Stats** comparison:-

Feyenoord (Eredivisie 2017/18)

Goals per game - 3
Avg Possesion - 59.1%
Pass Accuracy - 84.9%
Shots per game - 15.3
Discipline - 6Y, 0R

City (Premier League 2017/18)

Goals per game - 2.3
Avg Possesion - 64.6%
Pass Accuracy - 87.7%
Shots per game - 16.3
Discipline - 9Y, 2R

**Stats courtesy of Whoscored.com

Team News

City will once again be without their club captain Vincent Kompany whose calf injury collected in Belgium’s 9-0 victory over Gibraltar will have frustrated Pep Guardiola no end. Gundogan is off the injured list but is unlikely to start lacking match fitness and there remains a doubt over Ederson as a result of his vicious assault on Sadio Mané’s right boot at the weekend.

Feyenoord will be missing goalkeeper Vermeer, centre back van Beek and full back Nieuwkoop. Right winger Bilal Basacikoglu may be available after a fitness test. Their Danish striker Nicolai Jørgensen will also be absent having collected a hamstring injury at the weekend.

Potential starting XI, subs & formation

Bravo

Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Mendy

De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Silva D

Silva B, G Jesus, Sané

Subs:-

Muric, Mangala, Danilo, Toure, Gundogan, Sterling, Aguero
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11 September 2017 18:37 Post ID: #605564 - in reply to #605558
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Great review Skoorb and we need to get points on the board. I agree that he will not risk Eddy, but if he does I expect the mark one Petr Cech head gear to be warn and that such headgear may soon become compulsory when the FA repeal the high boot and make it open season on goalkeepers, although where it stops there I don't know.

I am not sure about the line-up, but understand your thoughts into the selection, but I think there maybe more changes than you have indicated and if we are going to down the road of three at the back the more we play it the better we will become and Mangala may well get a game.
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11 September 2017 18:44 Post ID: #605568 - in reply to #605558
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Having missed Saturday, i'd be very surprised If Raheem doesn't start (even though Pep clearly wants rid )
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11 September 2017 19:44 Post ID: #605575 - in reply to #605558
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He may just start Gundogan having had an outing with the U23s
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11 September 2017 20:02 Post ID: #605578 - in reply to #605558
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Rotation may well be the name name of the game. I did initially have Sterling in my pick - it was a toss up between him and Bernie. Gundogan may be a good shout. He will be like a new signing especially when he has his full match fitness back.
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11 September 2017 20:53 Post ID: #605584 - in reply to #605558
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I am sure he will still want to play three at the back
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11 September 2017 23:40 Post ID: #605591 - in reply to #605558
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Not sure I would pick three play-makers in my side, but we should be able to put them away.
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12 September 2017 09:37 Post ID: #605600 - in reply to #605558
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I've seen comment elsewhere that the game will be shown on BT Sport showcase, channel 115 on Freeview (previously 59).
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12 September 2017 13:51 Post ID: #605609 - in reply to #605558
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that is true Colin, we will see what kind of panel they have this time.
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12 September 2017 14:40 Post ID: #605611 - in reply to #605558
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This is the travelling squad to Holland. The link to the website within it doesn't appear to work - well, it didn't for me.

No Kompany or Toure.

https://twitter.com/ManCity/status/907596466004295681
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12 September 2017 15:07 Post ID: #605612 - in reply to #605558
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What's up with uncle Yaya?
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12 September 2017 15:07 Post ID: #605613 - in reply to #605558
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What's up with uncle Yaya?
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12 September 2017 17:14 Post ID: #605626 - in reply to #605600
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Colin Is The King - 12/9/2017 09:37

I've seen comment elsewhere that the game will be shown on BT Sport showcase, channel 115 on Freeview (previously 59).


Spot on Colin and also on their site -

Feyenoord v Manchester City: Free live stream Champions League football online or watch on TV with BT Sport

http://sport.bt.com/football/feyenoord-v-manchester-city-live-strea...


Edited by Chippy_Tea 12/9/2017 17:16
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12 September 2017 17:37 Post ID: #605628 - in reply to #605613
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Bluedub - 12/9/2017 15:07

What's up with uncle Yaya?


Odd isn't it. He wasn't in the squad for the dippers either. He's not showing as being injured on physioroom and was in the training pics so it's a bit of a puzzle.


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12 September 2017 20:40 Post ID: #605642 - in reply to #605558
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Just seen Kipling in tonights' 'Great British Bake Off' on C4, might explain his absence?

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12 September 2017 20:41 Post ID: #605643 - in reply to #605558
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The Feyenoord tie is ripe for some Delph china...

Remember them having a ding dong game with Celtic back in the early 70's.

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12 September 2017 20:43 Post ID: #605644 - in reply to #605558
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Informative preview but how are our total number of ties against Dutch opposition an uneven number, wouldn't all ties in the CL be over two legs making it an even number?

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