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Pep Guardiola: 'Yaya Toure knows why he has not been picked'

13 September 2017, 03:47 | Charlene Valdez

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MANCHESTER ENGLAND- SEPTEMBER 09 Sergio Aguero of Manchester City scores his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium

Mourinho does not rate the chances of any of them winning the competition particularly highly, though, suggesting that while the Premier League sides are giving the Champions League their all, Madrid, Barca and Bayern are just "warming up" and benefit from having a winter break.

Manchester City face Dutch champions Feyenoord in the first match of their latest Champions League campaign on Wednesday.

"There were a lot of Holland players in my (Barcelona) team". 'I demand as much as possible.

When asked whether the veteran midfielder could return to his squad in the near future, Guardiola said: "Hopefully, it depends on him. I know how they play and the quality of Dutch football". I'm so happy with the players we have. He said City were still 'growing, ' despite a study which showed the total spend on this squad is £775m, £3m more than the amount spent by the Paris St-Germain side now parading £200m Neymar.

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.

"I spoke with him and he knows the reason why (he's not in the team).

It's a sportive decision", Guardiola said. Guardiola has also said Napoli are one of the three best sides in Europe in terms of style while the long trip to face Shakhtar Donetsk in Kharkiv in December could be tricky. Six players finished their contract and he was the only one who stayed because he's a special player. The team fell short at the last-16 stage last season, exposed by the attacking brilliance of Monaco.

"But the decision why he hasn't played this season and is not in the squad - he knows the reason why".

Guardiola will make a decision on the fitness of goalkeeper Ederson today.

Although Guardiola and his staff had been concerned about Toure before the transfer window closed, there were no available funds to sign a replacement because moves for Jonny Evans and Alexis Sanchez went down to the wire, and no viable targets had been pursued to an extent to strike a deal at short notice.

The Brazilian, 24, needed eight stitches in his face after being caught by a high boot from Sadio Mane during the 5-0 win over Liverpool on Saturday.

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