Ederson: Manchester City goalkeeper returns to training

Lynette Rowe
September 13, 2017

Their last appearance in the Champions League group stage in 2002/03 saw them finish bottom of a group containing Juventus, Newcastle United and Dynamo Kiev. 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. 'I demand as much as possible.

The money lavished on player upgrades this summer speaks volumes for the ambition of Guardiola, the club and Sheikh Mansour. "I think the English teams are a step back in that respect - the [lack of] titles and the way they play, the self-confidence, shows that".

"I am so happy with what the club have done", he said. Feyenoord have more titles [they won the European Cup in 1970] than Manchester City.

Obviously, Jorgensen's absence is a blow for the Dutch outfit but they did notch 56 home goals in the Eredivisie last season and in Boetius and Steven Burghuis they boast two wide players capable of causing City problems at the back.

Toure was an unused substitute for City's first three games of the season before being left out of the squad for Saturday's defeat of Liverpool.

"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.

"It's a sporting decision", Guardiola told a news conference. That, in turn, led to a longer period of isolation from the side for the Ivorian.

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Guardiola's goalkeeper Ederson was an emblem of the spirit he hinted is missing in Toure.

City will also miss centre-back Vincent Kompany for the game due to a calf injury he picked up during the worldwide break.

Another player who will not feature is captain Vincent Kompany, who continues to be troubled by the calf injury which affected him last weekend.

"But the decision why he hasn't played this season and is not in the squad - he knows the reason why".

Guardiola and Toure have had a fraught relationship at times.

Ederson would later play down fears that he had suffered any serious injury in the unfortunate collision, but he has been wearing protective headgear in training.

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