Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Pep leaves out Toure for 'sporting reasons'

Pep leaves out Toure for 'sporting reasons'

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola indicated on the eve of his club's Champions League campaign that Yaya Toure has not done enough on the training pitch to justify a single minute's football this season. They arrived in the Champions League final with a fresh team.

"When you're at a club like City, you have to do your best to win all the trophies you compete for", he told the club's official website.

"Hopefully, they can enjoy being here".

Besides Feyenoord, the Blues have Napoli and Shakhtar Donetsk in their group, and they would be looking forward to progress in to the next round as group winners.

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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.

Another player who will not feature is captain Vincent Kompany, who continues to be troubled by the calf injury which affected him last weekend.

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".

None of Manchester City's 36 Champions League group games have ended goalless and the guests have recorded a paltry five clean sheets across those 36 encounters. Strike partnerships may have gone out of fashion to a degree but the potency of these two could change that, at City at least. Last season we did not win one game away. The team fell short at the last-16 stage last season, exposed by the attacking brilliance of Monaco. Yet on the evidence of the 5-0 thrashing of Liverpool, the pair have the beginnings of a good understanding.

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In the first part of the last season, Toure was involved in a stand-off with Guardiola, and only when he apologized to his manager, he was given a place in the City squad.

City will also miss centre-back Vincent Kompany for the game due to a calf injury he picked up during the global break.

"Tomorrow we play our first game in the group stage", he said.

The only difference at Barcelona and Bayern Munich is that the players had played in the Champions League many more times before than the players at Manchester City right now. The long glittering road to Kiev begins this week at the gritty coalface in Rotterdam.

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It seems that Arsene Wenger will play a slightly weakened side with squad players coming into the team. Bellerin told the IBTimes : "Alexis is 100 per cent focused on Arsenal".

Manchester City [1.43] have failed to record a victory in their last six away days at Europe's top table (W0-D3-L3), conceding 14 goals in the process.

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