Pep refuses to explain Toure omission for Feyenoord tie

Paola Ditto
Settembre 13, 2017

Michiel Kramer is excepted to fill his spot.

Although Guardiola and his staff had been concerned about Toure before the transfer window closed, there were no available funds to sign a replacement because moves for Jonny Evans and Alexis Sanchez went down to the wire, and no viable targets had been pursued to an extent to strike a deal at short notice.

"I'l try to put my best team on the pitch". But it's their overwhelming attacking artillery that remains their most lethal weapon.

Toure has not played a minute in City's four opening Premier League fixtures and did not make the bench against Liverpool. With Ederson out, Claudio Bravo will be between the sticks. Vincent Kompany is also a doubt with a calf problem.

Feyenoord will be playing their fifth Champions League and the first since the 2002-03 season.

The Citizens will be hoping the kit can be representative of a successful season, with the club now joint top of the Premier League alongside local rivals Manchester United.

Manchester City have unveiled their new, camo-green third kit of the 2017/18 season.

He told reporters: "I think the Champions League for these teams [big European sides] that you are speaking, and for Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern, I think for these teams the Champions League starts in February".

Chelsea were the other English side in action on matchday one, thumping Azerbaijani newcomers Qarabag 6-0 at home, while Manchester City and Liverpool face Feyenoord and Sevilla, respectively, on Wednesday. However, the odds on offer in the main Match Odds market are too skinny to entertain with the away side managing only nine successes in their past 26 trips to Europe.

Bernardo Silva acknowledges Manchester City will need a slice of luck if they are to compete for the Champions League title this season. Centre-halves Eric Bottteghin and Jan-Arie Van der Heijden aren't particularly mobile and could be left exposed if attacking full-backs Diks and Haps decide to venture too far forward.

It could be that he is thrown straight back into the fold against Feyenoord, but Toure will play no part after being overlooked once again.

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