Sport Feyenoord 0-4 Manchester City: Stones Bags Double as Citizens Dominate in Rotterdam

00:30  14 september  2017
00:30  14 september  2017 Source:   90min

Silva talks up fitness after Manchester City's Champions League rout

  Silva talks up fitness after Manchester City's Champions League rout Having impressed in his first 90 minutes for Manchester City at Feyenoord, Portugal star Bernardo Silva is primed for more action.Bernardo Silva says he getting up to speed with life at Manchester City after Pep Guardiola's side opened up their Champions League campaign with a dominant 4-0 victory over Feyenoord.

Manchester City 's English defender John Stones (R) celebrates with Manchester City 's English defender Kyle Walker after scoring his second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group F football match between Feyenoord Rotterdam and Manchester City at the Feyenoord Stadium

John Stones opened the scoring for Pep Guardiola's visitors with a header in the second minute. Sergio Aguero doubled City 's lead with a terrific near-post finish with just 10 minutes played. Manchester City defender Danilo has a go at goal in the early exchanges against Feyenoord in Rotterdam .

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Manchester City continued their fantastic form by claiming an important victory on matchday one in the Champions League. Traveling to De Kuip to face Giovanni van Bronckhorst's Feyenoord, the Citizens claimed a comfortable 4-0 win against the reigning Eredivisie champions.

Pep Guardiola's side got off to the perfect start after taking a fortuitous lead inside two minutes. A short corner gave David Silva space to float a ball into the box which was met by John Stones, directing the ball towards the far post. 

Stones targets CL glory

  Stones targets CL glory Manchester City defender John Stones is targeting Champions League glory following their 4-0 drubbing of Feyenoord on Wednesday.Manchester City defender John Stones is targeting Champions League glory following their 4-0 drubbing of Feyenoord on Wednesday night but is keen to keep things in perspective.

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Despite the best efforts from Tonny Vilhena, the Dutchman responsible for scoring Feyenoord's only goal when City's Manchester rivals lost at De Kuip last season, the ball trickled through his legs and into the back of the net - Manchester City registering their quickest European goal ever.

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Just five minutes later, Gabriel Jesus had a looping header cleared off the line by Brazilian defender Eric Fernando Botteghin. Ex-Aston Villa midfielder Karim El Ahmadi tried rallying De club aan de Maas after a nervous start, however, he couldn't stop Sergio Agüero doubling City's advantage before the 10-minute mark.

Jesus in line to receive new contract

  Jesus in line to receive new contract Gabriel Jesus is reportedly in line for a new contract at Manchester City, with discussions set to take place once the club have tied up new deals with Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva. According to the Telegraph, Silva is set for a new one-year deal while De Bruyne is going to be offered a deal which would see his £6 million-a-year wages doubled. City want to reward Jesus’ recent efforts with a new deal, which is set to see his reported £70,000 per week wages take a significant boost. Jesus joined City from Brazilian club Palmeiras for £27 million last summer, but, did not join the club until the start of the year. Scoring 12 goals in 15 starts, it looks like City have bagged a bargain. The Blues fended off competition from the likes of Real Madrid and the future of Jesus could well lie in Manchester as he looks settled at the club.

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After a stunning passing move,  Agüero's clever movement allowed him to get on the end of a low Kyle Walker cross and the Argentine striker placed the ball past former Liverpool keeper Brad Jones.

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Manchester City began to ease off and allowed Feyenoord to get a foothold in the game. Ex-Watford winger Steven Berghuis tested the battle-scarred Ederson with a tame effort before the Brazilian keeper showed quick reflexes to deny Michiel Kramer - the Dutch striker tasked with stepping in for the injured Nicolai Jørgensen.

Gabriel Jesus was able to put the game to bed in the 25th minute with the easiest goal he'll ever score in sky blue. After the ball pinballed around in the area, summer signing Benjamin Mendy saw his powerful effort parried away by Jones, the ball dropping to Jesus with an open goal and the exciting young striker calmly poked the ball home.

Man City Predicted XI: Watford (A)

  Man City Predicted XI: Watford (A) Manchester City will look to carry on their unbeaten start to the season when they take on high-flying Watford at Vicarage Road. The visitors go into this game off the back of an impressive week, which started with a fantastic performance against title rivals Liverpool in a 5-0 win before their recent 4-0 victory away to Feyenoord in their first Champions League game of the season. City’s opponents Watford have also had an unbeaten start to the season under new boss Marco Silva. The Hornets managed to get an impressive 2-0 victory away to Southampton and will be looking to carry on their good form. The last time both sides faced off was at the end of last season, when City confirmed their Champions League place after smashing their opponents Watford 5-0 at the same venue. Sergio Aguero scored a brace, with Vincent Kompany, Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus the other scorers. The Hornets will want revenge for that humiliation, and will be more organised defensively to try to deal with City’s ruthless attack. Marco Silva will also be looking for his own back on Pep Guardiola after his Hull side lost 3-1 to the Citizens at the Etihad Stadium. A win for City will put them to the top of the table, until Manchester United play on Sunday. Three points at this stage of the season will be crucial for Guardiola’s men to carry on their momentum. Here’s how we think Pep Guardiola will set out his team for the game.

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Having survived the remaining 20 minutes of the first half, Feyenoord introduced creative midfielder Jens Toornstra at half-time - the 29-year-old involved in 24 goals in the Eredivisie last season - but the Dutchman was unable to prevent City extending their lead.

John Stones notched his second goal of the game just after the hour mark in almost identical fashion to his first. 

Another short corner between David Silva and Kevin De Brunye opened up space for Stones in the penalty area and City's Belgian talisman picked out Stones perfectly, the England international powering the ball past Jones in the Feyenoord goal.

City saw out the game in comfortable fashion, barely breaking a sweat to deal with Feyenoord attacks and claiming an easy three points in their first Champions League game this season.

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