City recovered from PSG captain Marquinhos’ precocious header with an excellent second-half display that included crucial away goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez, giving fans real hope that a very first appearance in the Champions League final invites them now.
Elected Premier League champions Pep Guardiola and Carabao Cup winners are tied at the Etihad Stadium with a 2-1 advantage thanks to last week’s retaliation in the French capital.
With the Premier League title almost sewn up, Guardiola was able to make eight changes to Saturday’s 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace, with only goalkeeper Ederson, defender Joao Cancelo and midfielder Rodrigo retaining their starting spots in midfield. week.
De Bruyne, Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias and Phil Foden were all rested and John Stones suspended, with the only replacement used by Oleksandr Zinchenko City at Selhurst Park.
So it’s easy to see Guardiola using the same starting XI – without a recognized center-forward – on Tuesday night as the one who started the game in Paris last Wednesday.
Center-back Eric Garcia is the only City player excluded, with the soon-to-be-out defender suffering from illness.
“He had a fever and couldn’t make it to Crystal Palace and still isn’t ready. The rest is fine, ”Guardiola said at Monday’s pre-match press conference.
Man City Predict XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, stones, days, cancellation; Bernardo, Rodri, Gundogan; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Foden.
Man City provisional squad: Ederson, Steffen, Trafford, Walker, Cancelo, Stones, Dias, Laporte, Ake, Zinchenko, Mendy, Fernandinho, Rodri, Gunodgan, De Bruyne, Silva, Foden, Torres, Mahrez, Sterling, Aguero, Jesus.