While no Champions League game is easy, the importance of a good start should not be lost on City's players and fans.
"But the decision is he didn't play the last game, and today he is not in the squad and he knows the reason why".
The 26-year-old Denmark international - last year's Eredivisie top-scorer with 21 goals in 32 games - will not play in the City match, Feyenoord announced on Monday.
The midfielder fought his way back into Guardiola's plans by working hard in training and was eventually handed a one-year contract extension in May in recognition of his efforts throughout the season. 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.
The Rotterdammers claimed a 1-0 home win over City's rivals Manchester United in the Europa League last season.
So the bejewelled story of Guardiola and the Champions League starts another chapter, 25 years on from his glorious introduction as a young Barcelona player in 1992, the season the club finally won the tournament for the first time.
"It's a special competition; first you have the group stages which is a tournament in itself, and then, when you pass through the group stage, it's a completely different competition again".
Feyenoord are the Dutch champions after their head coach, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, guided the club to a first league title since 1999. Strike partnerships may have gone out of fashion to a degree but the potency of these two could change that, at City at least. "Of course it can happen but we will see", he said.
EDERSON was pictured training with Manchester City in head gear today after his nasty collision with Sadio Mane.
City had decided not to pursue a central midfielder in the summer transfer window as they believed Fernandinho, Toure and Ilkay Gundogan would provide sufficient cover for this season. It's a big task and challenge for us to get a result here. "He has his own vision".
"That shows his character".
Feyenoord to be winning at half-time and Manchester City to win at full time is a whopping 18/1.
"We are not dreaming - when you're in that position it's better to be calm". I've personally not tried to ask him too much about it because I know everyone else will be.
Khaldoon has spoken of his ambition before but interestingly journalist Jack Gaughan, who covers Manchester City for the Daily Mail, explained to me how they have managed to do so without seeming threatening.