Ederson in line to start for City in Champions League

Lynette Rowe
September 14, 2017

Pep Guardiola will wait until Wednesday to decide whether Ederson plays against Feyenoord after the Man City goalkeeper returned to training wearing protective headgear following his clash with Liverpool's Sadio Mane.

Man City: Ederson, Stones, Fernandinho (Sane, 72 mins), Otamendi, Walker, Bernardo Silva (Delph, 67 mins), Silva, De Bruyne, Mendy, Gabriel Jesus, Aguero (Sterling, 60 mins).

Feyenoord have never faced Manchester City but only need to look back to last season for inspiration with a single Tonny Vilhena goal giving them a 1-0 win over Manchester United in the Europa League group stages.

Asked if the incident could make Ederson hesitant in future, Guardiola said: "I could understand that feeling if he felt that, but in today's training session there were two or three long balls and he was there".

"I'm trying to work as hard as I can to become better each day and keep improving as I listen to the manager's advice".

"The last 20 minutes was a bit less [good] and the pitch was getting bobbly with the conditions".

The Brazilian's match fitness was barely put to the test, with Feyenoord entirely overmatched against opponents brimming with confidence following their unbeaten start to the Premier League season.

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He tormented the Feyenoord defence with his movement and passing, leading Guardiola to lavish the praise on him after the final whistle.

Manchester City dominated Feyenoord on the road to a final score of 4-0 in their first Champions League game of the new campaign.

"For me it's a pleasure to play like this because the level of all the players is so high".

"We made a good step last weekend by beating one of the top-six teams at home".

A truce came in time for Toure to mark his return with a match-winning brace at Crystal Palace last November and he went on to make 31 appearances for City in 2016-17 across all competitions.

In between there were further goals before half-time from Sergio Aguero - his 50th in European competition - and Gabriel Jesus as the visitors recorded their biggest-ever away win in the competition. "Nothing is done, there are a lot of things still to do but a result like this is so important".

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