Following his surprise team selection on Saturday, Pep Guardiola may choose to reinstate the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez to the starting XI for Tuesday night’s match against Borussia Monchengladback in the Champions League.
City hold a 2-0 advantage from the first leg of the last-16 tie against the German side and will return to Budapest for the second confident of being included in Friday’s quarter-final draw.
The Blues boss dropped several of his midfield and forwards that previously seemed untouchable in the side and also changed formation to a back-three for the first time in ages.
It resulted in a stunted performance from City but they wound out comfortable winners as they upped their game in the second-half, with John Stones, Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero scoring the goals in a 3-0 win.
As Guardiola has proven, it’s difficult to predict the side he will choose but it could be safe to presume we’ll see a more traditional line-up for such an import game.
That means we could see the return to his typical 4-3-3, with Kyle Walker and Aleks Zinchenko coming back in to fulfill the full-back positions. Ruben Dias is perhaps the only outfield player in the side who is truly undroppable now, so he will likely keep his spot alongside Aymeric Laporte, with John Stones rested.
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Captain Fernandinho could come back in at the centre of the park for his one game a week, with De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan returning alongside him after both were left on the bench at Craven Cottage.
Aguero may have found the net for the first time in over a year in the league on Saturday, but Guardiola may be hesitant at starting him in another game so quickly. As a result the Argentine could be dropped, with Gabriel Jesus moving back into the middle of the front-three.
Raheem Sterling has made the trip after his exclusion at the weekend, but it doesn’t seem likely that he will come back into the side. Instead the in-form pairing of Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden could get the nod.
Predicted Man City Starting XI vs Gladbach: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Zinchenko; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Gundogan; Mahrez, Jesus, Foden.