The chances of Pep Guardiola selecting the same starting XI in consecutive Premier League fixtures this season fall somewhere between slim and none.
The former Barcelona boss is notorious for his tactical tweaks anyway, but he also has a vast and varied Manchester City squad at his disposal following a summer of lavish spending in the transfer market.
That suggests the Spaniard will continue his mantra of selecting specific players and systems for specific games and opponents, even if it means leaving incredibly talented players on the bench or dropping them altogether.
However, many were surprised to see Leroy Sane start from the bench last weekend in the 2-0 win over Brighton and he eventually proved to be one of the more important components in getting the Citizens over the line at the AMEX Stadium.
Although he didn’t directly impact the scoreline, the 21-year-old German international clearly had an effect on the match after coming on for Danilo at left wing-back, City scoring both of their goals within ten minutes of Sane replacing the summer signing.
So, City fans, should Sane be in the starting line-up when Everton travel to the Etihad Stadium this evening? Let us know by voting below…
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