Van Bronckhorst ready for City test


Giovanni van Bronckhorst is confident that Feyenoord can beat Manchester City in the Champions League but is expecting a "tough" game.

The 42-year-old former Dutch international, who guided the team to the Eredivisie title last season, is looking forward to going up against Pep Guardiola’s expensively-assembled City side at De Kuip in the Group F opener on Wednesday.

Van Bronckhorst feels the Premier League side have the credentials to win the Champions League, but he believes that his Feyenoord side can secure a result in the encounter.

He said: “It’s a big challenge to play against a club that can win the Champions League. We form a good collective and we know that we can certainly get a good result at home. We have often beaten big teams here in recent years.”

He added: “The best scenario? That we win of course. A win is possible, that is always possible. But we have to be realistic. It will be very tough because we are really going to play a top team.

“We have looked at City’s strengths and at where we can get some joy. For us it’s about keeping it tight and capitalising when we can break out.”