Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at how Manchester City could line up for Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final first match against Real Madrid.
Manchester By will have to do without the suspended João Cancelo for their first stage Champions League semifinal draw with Real Madrid at the Etihad Tuesday night.
The Portuguese national team player picked up his third booking of the tournament at Wanda Metropolitano against Atletico Madrid and will be forced to watch this from the sidelines.
Pep Guardiola will therefore be desperate to have Kyle Walker back from an ankle problem this week, however John Stones‘s muscle injury has also made him questionable.
Walker is “much, much better” according to the City boss and should therefore fill in for Cancelo as right-back, while Rubens days and Aymeric Laporte‘s stains are not in any danger with the Stones in doubt.
Oleksandr Zinchenko could withstand the threat of Nathan Ake to start on the left back for the hosts, who should choose to bring Bernardo Silva back in the middle instead Fernandinho.
Kevin De Bruyne and rodri will join the Portuguese in the middle as always and Guardiola now have a massive call to make at the head of the attack.
Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling will apparently occupy the broad positions, however Gabriel Jesus scored four against Watford and also knows how to find the back of the net against Real so he could get the nod over Phil Foden.
Man City possible starting line-up: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Zinchenko; Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling
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