Man City boss Guardiola on Yaya absence: He knows why

Man City boss Guardiola on Yaya absence: He knows why

Pep Guardiola expands on Ederson's injury and credits Man City's response following Sadio Mane's red card.

Guardiola can also call on Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Agüero, David Silva, Fernandinho, Nicolás Otamendi and Yaya Touré, who all played against Real Madrid in the 2016 semi-final for City. We are still in the process of growing.

"I'm so happy with the what I have, I was so happy last season". We can do better than last season - but I don't know. But of course I am satisfied. We are not dreaming - when you're in that position it's better to be calm.

As far as City's relationship with the Champions League goes, another tilt at the latter stages seems overdue.

Meanwhile, Guardiola played down suggestions that playing Dutch champions Feyenoord represented an easy start to this season's campaign and said he would field his strongest lineup. While they are without the injured Nicolai Jorgensen, who was the league's top scorer with 21 strikes last term, Guardiola struck a cautious note.

Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent. History counts. We can not deny English teams have more money, spend more money. "He is coming back soon", Guardiola added.

He said: "Tomorrow we play our first game in the group stage". We fought a lot to be here because the gap was so close.

"I don't know if we are able to compete". Last season we did not win one game away. Hopefully the players can enjoy being here.

"If we don't win or make a good performance it will be failure".

Pep Guardiola has claimed that Yaya Toure "knows the reason why" he is not in Manchester City's squad for their opening Champions League game.

"I spoke with him and he knows the reason why", Guardiola said of the decision to leave him back in Manchester. "It's a sportive decision", Guardiola said.

They sit second in the Premier League table and are now 12 matches unbeaten going back to last season, form which has seen them installed as favourites for the title. Six players finished their contracts last season and Yaya is the only player who we decided could stay because he is a special player.

Toure was left out of City's squad for the trip to Rotterdam and, although he refused to be draw on specifics, Guardiola told a pre-match news conference the experienced midfielder "knows the reason why". It depends on the player.

"All of them (City's players) are happy but I demand as much as possible, I always want more, not just from Yaya, but from them all".

"He just wants to be around the team and be in that environment".

Vincent Kompany has also been left behind because of a calf injury but goalkeeper Ederson Moraes is in contention despite suffering a facial injury in Saturday's 5-0 victory over Liverpool. "Of course it can happen but we will see", he said.

Feyenoord have started their domestic season even better than City, with four straight wins that see them out in front of the pack in the Eredivisie.

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