John Stones Almost Broke A Xavi Record Against Feyenoord

Yaya Toure Manchester City

John Stones Almost Broke A Xavi Record Against Feyenoord

It was not obvious at the end of last season that Manchester City needed another creative midfielder to add to Pep Guardiola's personal collection.

"City is just one of the top teams in the world, we really had to have a good day to get a chance against them and we did not have that".

The other group game played at Bernabeu, Spanish champions, Real Madrid beat Apoel Nicosia 3-0 thank to a Cristiano Ronaldo brace and Sergio Ramos goal.

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

Football. Champions League. Feyenoord - Manchester City.

Despite the best efforts from Tonny Vilhena, the Dutchman responsible for scoring Feyenoord's only goal when City's Manchester rivals lost at De Kuip last season, the ball trickled through his legs and into the back of the net - Manchester City registering their quickest European goal ever.

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. The Belgium global had been earmarked as somebody who could spearhead the new-look Manchester City, but from the mid-point of the season he looked laboured, perhaps weighed down by his new, more industrious role in the Blues' engine room. History counts. We can not deny English teams have more money, spend more money.

They were rewarded with a third goal when in-form forward Jesus tapped home after Benjamin Mendy's fierce drive from outside the box was only parried by Feyenoord goalkeeper Brad Jones.

This was exemplified over the course of the match as Jesus' pace and runs in-behind the Feyenoord back-line were opening spaces for Aguero to run-into.

It has been more than a bumpy road for the young English defendersince joining from Everton last summer, with the youngster coming under regular heavy scrutiny for his style of play. It was the Argentine's 50th goal in European competition.

After the 5-0 win over Liverpool, they are likely to be a popular tip with Footy Accumulators throughout the season as it would be no surprise for them to hit five or more past several teams who won't able to handle their threat. Vincent Kompany won't take any part in the game due to a calf strain.

The emphatic victory over the Dutch champions was the flawless start for City, who failed to win any European away games in Guardiola's first season in charge. There are a lot of things to do but a start like this is so important. The long glittering road to Kiev begins this week at the gritty coalface in Rotterdam.

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