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Manchester City: Predicted XI, team news ahead of the Champions League final

Manchester City will appear in their first-ever Champions League final on Saturday night as they take on Premier League rivals Chelsea in Porto.

Pep Guardiola’s side have already secured the Premier League and the Carabao Cup this season and will complete a historic treble with victory against Thomas Tuchel’s side at the Estádio do Dragão.

City have already brushed aside the likes of Borrusia Monchengladbach, Borussia Dortmund and PSG en route to the final, whereas the Blues beat Atletico Madrid, Porto and Real Madrid in the knockout stages to earn their place in one of the biggest games in world football.

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The Citizens come into the game on the back of an impressive 5-0 win against Everton on the Premier League final day but Guardiola is always likely to make changes to his side, especially considering Tuchel has gotten the better of him in both of the last two meetings.

Here’s how Football FanCast expects the Spanish manager to line his side up on Saturday night, with three changes from the team that started against Everton…

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Unsurprisingly, Ederson starts in goal and given the video circulating of his penalty-taking, he may well be expected to step up should the two sides be inseparable after 120 minutes on Saturday night.

There’s one change in the defence as Joao Cancelo warrants a start at left-back after a superb season, and he comes in for Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Despite picking up a knock in training it seems that Ilkay Gundogan will be ok for the game, so he starts alongside Fernandinho in midfield, who deserves to keep his place after some excellent recent performances.

This should see Phil Foden pushed back onto the left wing, with the “world-class” Raheem Sterling dropping to the bench after his poor recent form.

The Englishman is supported by Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez in fellow attacking positions behind the main striker Sergio Aguero, who deserves a start on his final City appearance after his superb brace from the bench against Everton.

And, in other news… Pep should unleash “sublime” £22.5m-rated beast vs Chelsea, he can be the game-changer

Article title: Manchester City: Predicted XI, team news ahead of the Champions League final

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