We’ve been outstanding in the Champions League so far and on all fronts for that matter coming into this game. Four wins out of four in Europe and with qualification already confirmed we just needed to beat lowly Feyenoord once again to guarantee top spot in the group.
We played and beat Feyenoord 4-0 last time out in our opening Group F game but with qualification already now sorted, it came as no surprise that Pep made several changes from the team that beat Leicester away on Saturday just gone.
A few squad players were in, most notably Toure, who was in for just his third start of the season and his first in Europe. Surprisingly for me Ederson was still in goal as I honestly thought Bravo might have been given a go. Especially as Feyenoord weren’t really going to offer much threat, having only won one of their last seventeen away games in Europe. Pretty dreadful statistics. Domestic wise too, unlike us, they have had a really poor time of it since we played them back in September.
On to game and no surprise we got a couple of early chances with the way we’re playing currently. Both for Aguero, with the best being a header from an excellent scooped De Bruyne cross. Bernando then should have scored with what was easily our best chance of the first half, unfortunately his close range effort had no power on it.
Second half and De Bruyne went close with a long range drilled shot, he was later subbed and then Yaya Toure had a similar chance from the same distance but this time from a direct free-kick. Another Aguero chance as he brilliantly controlled a ball onto his chest, but with his back to goal he unfortunately couldn’t get his turn and spin correct to get the ball on target.
Then the moment of the night we were all waiting for, well apart from the eventual goal. 34-year-old Yaya Toure being substituted and being replaced by our 17-year-old England World Cup winner Phil Foden. The Stockport lad was greeted with fantastic applause and rightfully so, the lad got straight on the ball too and looked comfortable on the ball with every touch. He’s definitely got a bright future so let’s hope he gets more minutes in the future.
Finally the goal came, a brilliant double one-two between Sterling and Gundogan which allowed Sterling to go clean through on goal with just two minutes to go. He cleverly dinged the ball over their keeper for his fourth consecutive goal in the Champions League to give us the win and of course top spot. According to the bookies we’re still second favourites to win the overall competition behind PSG.