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Manchester City's first galacticos signing — Robinho

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Alejandro Castrejon | Setiembre 14, 2017, 01:12

HIs debut came on this day in 2008, ironically as football tends to do, against the club he thought he'd signed for. We are still in the process of growing.

The two sides have never faced off against each other previously.

The tone on this occasion was markedly more guarded, with a lack of confidence among English clubs another shortcoming he highlighted.

Feyenoord boss Giovanni Van Bronckhorst says Pep Guardiola is a managerial "great".

The summer signing suffered facial wounds that required eight stitches but there was no concussion and no fractures. We are not dreaming - when you're in that position [of having a chance] it's better to be calm.

Kompany is struggling with a calf strain he sustained while on international duty with Belgium last week.

"The mentality of the manager is playing good and winning - not just winning", Toure told reporters.

Here are some of the talking points ahead of the Group F clash.

The Citizens have played in the Champions League in each of the last seven seasons but have failed to hit the heights in Europe that they have done domestically.

Feyenoord have won all of their opening five fixtures this season, but face their toughest test yet on Wednesday night.

"Vincent is in Manchester". Their only loss came at Ajax in 2012 - a 3-1 defeat.

"Juventus, because they were champions in Italy three months in advance, they could play the last month with a second team".

Will Bravo provide a solid presence between the sticks? That Spain [European Championships win] was so important to win in 2007/08 for that generation. 'The titles and the way they play, the self-confidence, shows that.

"It is a big task but we are a good team, a good collective, especially in our own stadium".

Feyenoord will be without Nicolai Jørgensen when they take on Manchester City in their Champions League opener.

Guardiola said: "After the game, he was speaking to the boys like nothing happened".

He was absent from the game against Jurgen Klopp's Reds and although City ended with an emphatic 5-0 win, the centre-back pairing of John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi looked shaky. The striker sustained a hamstring injury in Saturday's 2-4 win over Heracles Almelo.