Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

KEY ISSUES FOR BLUES ANALYSIS James Robson

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

KEY ISSUES FOR BLUES ANALYSIS James Robson

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¦ HOW FAR HAVE THEY COME? PEP Guardiola spent more than £200m turning his squad into genuine Champions League challengers.

Feyenoord are hardly a barometer of their credentials this season, but we will get an indicator of just how far City have come since defeat to Monaco in March.

There were certainly signs of their promise against Liverpool on Saturday when they ruthlessly disposed of Jurgen Klopp's side.

Guardiola has filled his squad with attacking intent in the manner of the Monaco team that ended his own hopes last season - but it remains to be seen if they will be so effective in Europe.

¦ EDERSON'S CHARACTER There's no doubt the Brazilian wants to play - even after suffering such a painful injury at the weekend.

He left the pitch in a neck brace after taking Sadio Mane's studs to the face and later needed stitches.

But he was on the training ground on Tuesday and on the plane to Holland with the rest of the squad later on. …

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