May 8, 2021

Pep axes Cancelo, “extraordinary” beast returns in 9 changes: Predicted Man City XI – opinion

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Manchester City can seal their place in the Champions League final at the Etihad on...

Manchester City can seal their place in the Champions League final at the Etihad on Tuesday night, providing they can hold on to their 2-1 win lead from the first leg.

Pep Guardiola’s side produced a superb second-half display to beat Mauricio Pochettino’s side in France last week and are therefore favourites to seal a place in the final.

However, PSG possess incredibly talented players such as Neymar and Kylian Mbappe so they will certainly not roll over and allow the Citizens to cruise through the 90 minutes on Tuesday, in what promises to be another open and entertaining game.

City took a big step towards winning the Premier League title with a 2-0 win against Crystal Palace on Saturday after making plenty of changes, and it seems likely that Guardiola will reintroduce some of those who were rested at Selhurst Park.

Here’s how we think the Spanish manager will line his side up on Tuesday, with nine changes from the team that started against Palace.

Ederson is one of just two players to keep his place, with the Brazilian starting in between the sticks for the Citizens.

It is all change at the back, as Ruben Dias and John Stones resume their partnership at centre-back, whilst Oleksandr Zinchenko replaces Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker comes in for Joao Cancelo, who struggled in the first half against PSG last time out.

In midfield, Ilkay Gundogan replaces Fernandinho to partner Rodri, with Bernardo Silva playing a more attacking role ahead of them, with Sergio Aguero dropped to the bench, despite his superb goal at Selhurst Park.

Ferran Torres and Raheem Sterling are also slightly unlucky to miss out on the wings, with Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez replacing them, while the “extraordinary” Kevin De Bruyne unsurprisingly returns up front, with Gabriel Jesus sitting on the bench.

And, in other news… Guardiola should ruthlessly axe “unbelievable” ace vs PSG despite superb CPFC display

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