“A day later it was a very different story, as Astra made West Ham’s star fall with a win at the London Stadium that did for the Hammers’ European hopes. Slaven Bilic was right to be “angry and frustrated”.
“With some big players out and less time to prepare, it would be an even bigger surprise than last year’s first win at City in 11 visits if his team does it again.”
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola on being drawn to play Barcelona in the Champions League: “I cannot deny this was special for me. I grew up in Catalonia. I was 13 years old when I went to their academy and promoted to a professional player and trainer.
“I spent most of my life there. I know the people there, most of the players are still there. The emotion is there.”
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic: “We are all disappointed because it was a big blow [going out of Europe].
“But we have to pick ourselves up and show character and quality. It wasn’t very likely for us to win there last season as Manchester City had started great with five wins, 15 points and no goals conceded.
“There’s no reason why we shouldn’t do it again this season.”
I fancy City to win this one. West Ham have been hit by a few injuries and were pretty ordinary for long spells against Bournemouth last week, although the most important thing for them was winning the game.