Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola questions Yaya Toure's future before Feyenoord clash


Manchester City kicked off their Champions League campaign by putting Feyenoord to the sword 4-0 at De Kuip, the latest suggestion that Pep Guardiola's side are slowly but surely coming together.

Kompany failed to convince the club's medics he was fit to play a part in last weekend's 5-0 demolition of Liverpool although the Belgian has continued to train in the last couple of days. We are still in the process of growing. "But this season, since the beginning, in pre-season, not just in the States, and in Manchester, he is so stable". Guardiola appeared to suggest the 34-year-old was not giving enough in training.

"The only difference in Bayern Munich and Barcelona, the players who play the Champions League, the moment they are going to play they have played many more times before than the players of Manchester City".

A year ago on Wednesday Guardiola said 'Why not?' to the question of whether City could win the elite European crown and insisted there was no reason why English sides had been failing. It is now clear Toure was not injured. Best performance under Guardiola?

Defender Stones opened the scoring after only two minutes with a header that slipped through Tonny Vilhena's legs and it was not long before Sergio Aguero extended City's lead.

"It was a very good game from us and a good start to the Champions League". We fought a lot to be there to qualify. I know from my experience even in Barcelona and Bayern Munich how it is to qualify for the next stage.

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"He just wants to be around the team and be in that environment". I'm always happy [with him] but I demand as much as possible. That Spain [European Championships win] was so important to win in 2007/08 for that generation.

"Hopefully [he will play again soon], it depends on him".

What does the immediate future hold?

"If you want to grow you have to beat them and it's the same here [in Europe]".

The Brazilian has been training wearing protective headgear after having eight stitches following the clash that saw Sadio Mane sent off on Saturday. I've personally not tried to ask him too much about it because I know everyone else will be.

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