The Citizens have competed in Europe's top competition for the last seven seasons, making it to the round-of-16 stage four times and reaching the semi-finals in 2015-16. Napoli and Shakhtar Donetsk are the other two sides in Group F.
The injury-ravaged Belgian defender has been nursing a calf complaint and will not be risked on Wednesday evening.
Relayed by De Telegraaf, he said: "We have a lot of respect for City, but we are not afraid of them". "I want more from Yaya, more from everyone".
Goalkeeper Ederson has been named in Manchester City's squad for their opening Champions League group game against Feyenoord on Wednesday. The Spanish tactician will certainly ring some changes from the game on the weekend in order to give some players a rest and bring in fresh legs.
But Guardiola warned that his side are still a work in progress. If John Stones can grow into Guardiola's system then they could go all the way with their undoubted attacking talent. "It's a sporting decision".
Having lifted a first Eredivisie title in 18 years last season, Feyenoord are now back in the group stage of the Champions League for the first time since 2002/03, when they failed to make it past this stage. He was frozen out by Guardiola at the start of last season, sparking a row with his outspoken agent Dimitri Seluk, before returning to play an influential role in the second half of the campaign. The long glittering road to Kiev begins this week at the gritty coalface in Rotterdam.
Guardiola said: 'Yaya was so important last season. However, looking at the friendly game against Real Sociedad in pre season, and I realize it was only preseason, it was the visitors who enjoyed the majority of the possession and enjoyed more shots and corners. He knows the reason.
Feyenoord could not mount a comeback as Manchester City comfortably saw out the rest of the match.
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