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Yaya knows why - Guardiola tight-lipped on Toure absence for Manchester City

Yaya knows why - Guardiola tight-lipped on Toure absence for Manchester City”

Pep Guardiola hailed Kevin De Bruyne as "one of the best players I've ever seen in my life" after the Belgium worldwide was instrumental in Manchester City's 4-0 Champions League demolition of Feyenoord.

England defender John Stones opened the scoring for the Citizens just two minutes in, while Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus added goals of their own shortly after.

Jones could not hold on however and an unmarked Jesus performed the simple task of booting the ball into the back on the net for a debut Champions League goal.

To complicate matters for City however, in the other Group F game, fancied Napoli were beaten 2-1 at Shakhtar Donetsk.

Vilhena had scored when Feyenoord claimed a 1-0 victory over Manchester United nearly a year ago to the day in last season's Europa League group stages, but this time was left red-faced by his inability to keep the ball out of the net.

"I spoke with him and he knows the reason why but it is between him and me", Guardiola said when asked about Toure's absence at De Kuip, although he clarified application in training was not the issue.

The City boss went on to praise the performances of Stones and De Bruyne.

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"He's got on with it straight away", said City defender John Stones, speaking alongside Guardiola.

Guardiola said: "The decision was he didn't play the last game and today he was not in the squad".

Feyenoord sorely missed injured Danish worldwide striker Nicolai Jorgensen.

Stones was solid at the back as City - who were again without captain Vincent Kompany - as the side followed up Saturday's 5-0 defeat of Liverpool with another clean sheet.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst's home side never really got going, with most shots flying wide of goal and doing very little to bother City keeper Ederson.

The Brazilian sported eight stitches, a head guard and a special neck brace.

Guardiola coached Toure at Barcelona, where the former Ivory Coast global lost his place in the first XI and was transferred to City in 2010.



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