Pep Guardiola calms talk of Champions League success for Manchester City

Lynette Rowe
September 16, 2017

Though Guardiola and his coaching staff also noticed a slight dip while he adjusted to his new orders, particularly the amount of running he was asked to do, they were convinced he was the flawless player to carry out their positional play ideals. Those were also certainly happier times for Ajax boss Frank de Boer, enjoying the kind of stage and backing palpably lacking at the more prosaic surroundings of Crystal Palace this autumn.

In fact, the Citizens have won just one of their last seven European away games (D3 L3).

City took its foot off the accelerator for the last half hour and Feyenoord looked a little more solid at the back after reverting to its more trusted four-man defense.

Stones was solid at the back as City - who were again without captain Vincent Kompany - as the side followed up Saturday's 5-0 defeat of Liverpool with another clean sheet.

Speaking after his side's comprehensive victory of Feyenoord, via the Independent, Guardiola singled De Bruyne out as the key contributor, and heaped praise upon the dynamic 26-year-old.

Bernardo Silva was nearly as effusive talking about De Bruyne on Wednesday night.

"He can make absolutely everything".

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De Bruyne took over the captaincy from the substituted Silva on Wednesday, another sign that his efforts are being fully recognised.

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. "But this season, since the beginning, in pre-season, not just in the States, and in Manchester, he is so stable".

Guardiola reckons De Bruyne is now at the same level as the best in the business. It is only helping me, working with them day in, day out.

Stones' goal came from a cross into the box from David Silva, with the towering defender heading the ball through the legs of Feyenoord's Tonny Vilhena. Xavi's. Perhaps the greatest midfielder to ever grace the competition.

That intelligence and sight of the pitch is why De Bruyne's first professional coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck compared him to Guardiola's hero and mentor Johann Cruyff.

Guardiola added that City must stay true to their attacking philosophy on the road if they are to do well in Europe.

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