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Big spenders City look set to put Feyenoord to the sword

Big spenders City look set to put Feyenoord to the sword

Goals from Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus and two from John Stones, handed them a big three points.

City played a scintillating brand of attacking football that quickly silenced the home crowd at a lively De Kuip and must have delighted manager Pep Guardiola.

Stones' second just after the hour wrapped up the victory and left City looking strong already in Group F ahead of back-to-back home games against Shakhtar Donetsk and Napoli.

John Stones believes Manchester City can dream of winning the Champions League - but is not getting carried away by their impressive start.

It was this style of play that saw the former Everton worldwide come close to besting Xavi's passing record in the Champions League at De Kuip in Rotterdam, on Wednesday night.

"We spoke about that", Guardiola said.

While they are without the injured Nicolai Jorgensen, who was the league's top scorer with 21 last season, Guardiola struck a cautious note.

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Something which most impressed the Catalan and his team last season was that unless teams put 10 men behind the ball, De Bruyne and Silva would waste little time with horizontal passes and would instead drive forward the entire team with direct runs or passes.

Obviously, Jorgensen's absence is a blow for the Dutch outfit but they did notch 56 home goals in the Eredivisie last season and in Boetius and Steven Burghuis they boast two wide players capable of causing City problems at the back. He is a top, top quality player.

This is just the kind of play that the manager has bought them for, and Guardiola couldn't be more pleased.

His display definitely warrants a hundred-word heap of praise as there is huge expectation from him, and Guardiola will hope that he can pull off performances of similar nature in the coming weeks.

The Dutch champions, who beat Manchester United here in the Europa League last season, had come into this clash high on confidence.

Feyenoord, playing in the Champions League group stage for the first time in 15 years, never seriously troubled City goalkeeper Ederson who had recovered sufficiently to play, albeit with a rugby-style scrum cap, after receiving a boot to the face Saturday from Liverpool's Sadio Mane.


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