The Man City starting XI to beat Borussia Monchengladbach…

Manchester City are beginning to look like a very formidable side.

Pep Guardiola’s men have adopted his tactics seemingly rather quickly and if Saturday’s performance is anything to go by, they’ll be very hard to stop in the Premier League indeed.

A 2-1 scoreline in City’s favour at Old Trafford at the weekend suggested a tight game but in fact, the gulf in class was apparent especially for the first 40 minutes of the game. The men from the Etihad could and perhaps should have killed the game off before giving United hope and Zlatan Ibrahimovic another goal.

Nevertheless, the team saw the game out and now attention is turning to their opening Champions League game.

City face Borussia Monchengladbach in the competition opener and we think this line up should get them started in the perfect manner…

Claudio Bravo

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Bravo was certainly shaky on his City debut and got away with a number of things but nevertheless, Guardiola will persist with him.

Pablo Zabaleta

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Guardiola likes to rotate his full backs so expect Zabaleta to start. He played a few minutes on Saturday and should oust Bacary Sagna here.

John Stones


Stones is a nailed on starter for this one. He’s impressed so far under Pep Guardiola and his development should continue with his Champions League debut.

Nicolas Otamendi


Otamendi stood up to the challenge of Zlatan Ibrahimovic fairly well on Saturday and should keep his place with Vincent Kompany still recovering from injury.

Gael Clichy


Like at right back expect Pep to rotate his left side of defence. This means Clichy will come in at the expense of Aleksandar Kolarov.


Defensive midfield - Fernandinho

Fernandinho had Wayne Rooney in his pocket all game and he put in another stock-rising performance. The Brazilian has taken on his deep role perfectly and will start barring a late injury.

Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin de Bruyne (centre)

The best player on the pitch in the Manchester Derby De Bruyne simply has to play. It’s frightening to think he’s only 25 so his best years are yet to come.

David Silva


Silva gave Marouane Fellaini the run about for most of the game as he helped orchestrate United’s downfall so he’ll definitely be in the side for this one.

Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling

Sterling had a decent enough game for City at the weekend to go on top of an already great start so he should play in the opening tie of City’s group.


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Nolito ran himself into the ground in the Manchester Derby but seems to have the recovery ability to be ready in time for this one which if he is will be a big boost to City’s chances.

Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero

He’s banned for domestic engagements but the Argentine can play in Europe so Monchengladbach need to watch out. He’ll be fresh from not playing at the weekend too so expect goals.

He’ll be fresh from not playing at the weekend too so expect goals.