Champions League: In Form Man City Ready To March On Feyenoord
By Ikechukwu Azunna
Pep Guardiola and Manchester City will be keen to keep the momentum going as they open the hunt for Champions League glory against a diminished Feyenoord in Rotterdam on Wednesday.
After thrashing Liverpool 5-0 in the Premier League on Saturday, City now travel to face the Dutch champions — who face a daunting prospect after a 15-year absence from the group stage of the competition.
Main target will be 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.
Feyenoord may have beaten Heracles 4-2 in a Dutch top-flight match over the weekend, but their opponents came dangerously close to scoring more goals, a fact no doubt that will play on coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s mind.
They faced a further blow up front after leading striker Nicolai Jorgensen came off with a leg muscle injury 21 minutes into the Heracles game.
The 26-year-old Danish international, last year’s Eredivisie top scorer with 21 goals in 32 games will not play in the City match which opens their Group F campaign, Feyenoord announced on Monday.