What Pep? Guardiola unsure if Man City can win Premier League title

Pep Guardiola gives a fitness update on Vincent Kompany and Ederson and explains why Yaya Toure's been left out of the Champions League squad
Rampant Man City ready to march on Feyenoord
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13 September, 2017

Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva, Ederson, Danilo and Kyle Walker all arrived this summer.

Yet Guardiola said: "I don't know if we are able to compete". We are still in the process. In fact, the amount of goals scored in last season's run will be cause for concern for Guardiola. "We will see what happens". But of course I am satisfied.

"I don't know if we are able to compete".

Despite a sticky start in the competition, when tough draws came thick and fast, City's steady progress since 2008 means the club are now in a good position to press on in their attempt to beat the semifinal reached in 2015-16.

Feyenoord are the Dutch champions after their head coach, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, guided the club to a first Eredivisie title since 1999.

"Why is this an easy start?"

The 3-1 final score in Amsterdam represented the biggest defeat City had tasted in competitive European history until last season's 4-0 dismantling at the Camp Nou. "They make the pitch big, that is a quality of them and it is hard for the other teams". I respect Feyenoord. I will put my best team on the pitch. I was a lucky guy.

Guardiola stated his respect for Feyenoord and Dutch football in general having been close to Johan Cruyff during his time at Barcelona. I know how they play. "Every game is a chance for us".

"The only thing we can do is to try to make them pay a price and play a game with lots of energy".

Eyes in particular will be on City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, whose sublime form played a major part in the Liverpool drubbing and who is sure to sniff out and exploit weaknesses in Feyenoord's midfield and defence.

Guardiola said: 'I spoke with him and he knows the reason why, but it's between him and me'. "It's a sportive decision", Guardiola said. "He was so important last season - six players finished their contract and he was the only one who stayed because he's a special player".

"But the decision why he hasn't played this season and is not in the squad - he knows the reason why". Hopefully [he will play soon]. It depends on the player.

Guardiola did stress he is happy with Toure, saying: "I'm always happy, but of course I demand as much as possible from everyone". "I want more, not just from Yaya - I want more from everyone". With injury doubts once again circling around captain Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi's woeful lack of pace shown up by the trouble he got from Mohamed Salah, the Catalan's insistence on three at the back and gung-ho attacking may be tempered on this occasion. "We are taking care of him", Guardiola said. "I'm so happy with the players we have".

Guardiola could include Ederson, despite the goalkeeper suffering serious facial injuries in last weekend's clash with Sadio Mane that has forced him to train in a scrum cap similar to one worn by Arsenal's Petr Cech.

"He just wants to be around the team, in that environment". But it's between me and him. His face - everyone has seen the stitches and swelling.


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