"He trained well - of course, he played with a helmet - and he said he wants to play".
Xavi completed all 96 passes he attempted in the game, the best passing performance in the competition. It is only helping me, working with them day in, day out.
He then slotted his second on the hour mark to seal only Tottenham's third win in 13 matches at Wembley where they lost two of their three Champions League home games last season.
City will not earn that respect on nights such as this, easing to big wins against limited opposition, but they did what they had to do with efficiency and style.
The Rotterdammers have started the defence of their title with four victories from four, notching 12 goals to catapult van Bronckhorst's troops back to the top of the table at this early stage. "But the Premier League is more competitive than any other league and it's not easy to win everything". The Belgium worldwide had been earmarked as somebody who could spearhead the new-look Manchester City, but from the mid-point of the season he looked laboured, perhaps weighed down by his new, more industrious role in the Blues' engine room. As for Aguero, he's scored 18 goals in his last 22 appearances in all competitions and he's back to being at his risky best.
De Bruyne has been operating in a more deeper midfield role this season following the arrival of Bernardo Silva from Monaco.
Another player who will not feature is captain Vincent Kompany, who continues to be troubled by the calf injury.
Having survived the remaining 20 minutes of the first half, Feyenoord introduced creative midfielder Jens Toornstra at half-time - the 29-year-old involved in 24 goals in the Eredivisie last season - but the Dutchman was unable to prevent City extending their lead.
Although they beat Manchester United 1-0 at home in the Europa League group stage, City are a far more expansive team with a wealth of attacking talent, whether Guardiola chooses his starters or reserves.