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Man City predicted lineup vs Club Brugge - Champions League

Published on: 18 October 2021

Manchester City suffered disappointment on matchday two of the Champions League group stages, suffering a 2-0 away defeat at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain.

They will look to return to winning ways against Club Brugge on Tuesday, in what is one of the earlier kick offs on matchday three.

The Belgian side were not given a hope of qualifying from Group A, but they have already sprung a few surprises, drawing with PSG and beating RB Leipzig in their first two games. City will therefore be wary of complacency heading into the contest.

Here is the starting XI Pep Guardiola will most likely be relying on to get the job done...

Man City predicted lineup vs Club Brugge - Champions League

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Ruben Dias, Kyle Walker
Expect to see these two | Michael Regan/GettyImages

Ederson (GK) - After missing out on the Burnley game due to a late return from international duty, Ederson should return to the starting XI on Tuesday evening.

Kyle Walker (RB) - The England international was rested at the weekend so is nailed on for another Champions League appearance here.

Ruben Dias (CB) - Another one of City's mainstays who sat out of the Burnley game - though he was brought on for the yellow-carded Aymeric Laporte in the second half.

Aymeric Laporte (CB) - His substitution means he will be fresher than John Stones. That should be enough to see him selected alongside Dias.

Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB) - After a lengthy injury layoff, the always-reliable Ukrainian was back on the bench on Saturday. Expect him to get an hour of action here, at least.

2. Midfielders

Kevin De Bruyne
De Bruyne wore the armband on Saturday | Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

Ilkay Gundogan (CM) - Another City player on his way back from injury, his recovery should be stepped up in Belgium.

Rodri (CM) - The metronomic presence in midfield who kicks his side ticking. As close to a guaranteed starter - other than Kevin De Bruyne - as City have.

Kevin De Bruyne (CM) - He continued the road to full fitness against Burnley, scoring a fine goal. Guardiola will be hoping for more of the same in the Champions League.

3. Forwards

Phil Foden
Foden has made a great start to the season | Jan Kruger/GettyImages

Gabriel Jesus (RW) - He's back from Brazil duty and should return to his new right-forward berth that he has been enjoying so much.

Phil Foden (ST) - No Ferran Torres means Foden should be used down the middle. Expects lots of interchanging between City's forwards, though.

Jack Grealish (LW) - Grealish has looked right at home in the Champions League so far. His precise dribbling could be key in breaking Club Brugge's stubborn defence down.

This article was originally published on 90min as Man City predicted lineup vs Club Brugge - Champions League.


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