Manchester City will be looking to progress to the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday night as they take on Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-final second leg.
Pep Guardiola’s side earned a late 2-1 win against the Bundesliga outfit in the first leg at the Etihad Stadium after Phil Foden’s stoppage-time strike, but will need to be wary of Dortmund’s away goal when they travel to Signal Iduna Park tonight.
The Citizens were shocked by 10-man Leeds United at the weekend, with Marcelo Bielsa’s side coming away with a memorable win after Stuart Dallas’ late goal. However, Guardiola had rested plenty of first team regulars in preparation for the game against Dortmund, so we will likely see them back to full strength on Wednesday.
Here’s how we think Guardiola will set up his side in Germany, with seven changes from the team which started against Leeds at the weekend…
Although Ederson perhaps could have done better with Leeds’ late winner at the weekend, there is no doubt that the Brazilian will keep his place in between the sticks if he’s fit for this one.
There are two changes in defence, as Kyle Walker returns to the team at right-back, which sees Joao Cancelo move to the left, where he has excelled in recent Champions League fixtures, with Benjamin Mendy dropping out. Ruben Dias also comes back into the side after being rested at the weekend, and he replaces Nathan Ake.
It’s all change in midfield as Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan and the “exceptional” Kevin De Bruyne (in Guardiola’s words) return to the line-up, with Fernandinho and Oleksandr Zinchenko dropping out; whilst Bernardo Silva is pushed further forward as a false nine, replacing Gabriel Jesus.
Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden get the nod on the wings to support the Portuguese international, with Raheem Sterling relegated to the bench after some poor recent displays and Ferran Torres also dropping out despite his well-taken goal against Bielsa’s side.