Three months on from their Champions League final heartbreak Man City start their new group stage campaign by welcoming RB Leipzig to the Etihad this evening.
City went into last season’s final in Porto – the first in the club’s history – as favourites to finally lift European club football’s biggest prize but instead were upset by Premier League rivals Chelsea as Kai Havertz’s goal earned a 1-0 win for Thomas Tuchel’s men.
Manchester City: Ederson, Cancelo, Dias (C), Ake, Zinchenko, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Grealish, Torres, Mahrez. Subs: Carson, Slicker, Walker, Sterling, Gundogan, Jesus, Fernandinho, Foden, Palmer, Lavia.
Leipzig: Gulacsi (C), Klostermann, Orban, Mukiele, Angelino, Laimer, Adams, Olmo, Forsberg, Nkunku, Andre Silva. Subs: Martinez, Simakan, Haidara, Poulsen, Szoboszlai, Brobbey, Moriba, Gvardiol, Henrichs, Kampl.
De Bruyne returns for City. He is among four changes from their 1-0 win at Leicester, with Nathan Ake, Riyad Mahrez and Oleksandr Zinchenko coming in. Neither Laporte nor Stones are on the bench. Phil Foden is back on the subs list, though. So, we’ll see Cancelo v Angelino this evening. Should be interesting. This will also mark Grealish’s first start in the Champions League.
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