English champions Manchester City travel to France to face the tough challenge of Lyon on Tuesday night in a crunch Champions League game. On the face of it, the Cityzens only need a point to qualify for the knockout stages, however, Pep Guardiola is a manager who never settles for a stalemate.
City were rampant 4-0 winners at West Ham United on Saturday, hence, they are in fine fettle even after a two-week international break. They face a Lyon side who are second in the Ligue 1 and won their weekend fixture against St. Etienne.
Benjamin Mendy is out until February, while Kevin de Bruyne won’t make a comeback before Christmas. Bernardo Silva had a knock but could be available for this game.
The Brazilian goalkeeper is an able outfield player on the ball, who can make crucial saves. Imagine City without him in goal.
Walker was a bit strayed against West Ham, but there is no doubt he will come back stronger on Tuesday.
The Englishman was rested against the Hammers, hence, we might see him in action in France.
The Frenchman has been one of the best defenders for City this season. He starts every game for them unless Pep chooses to rest him.
With Mendy out, the experience of Delph would be key in Lyon.
The Brazilian’s presence in defensive midfield is massive for the team. He wins possession, moves the ball quickly and shields the back-line.
The magician is at the work for the Cityzens this season. His performances have helped the supporters to not worry much about De Bruyne’s absence.
With Bernardo Silva slightly doubtful, we may see Gundogan in action.
A goal and two assists on Saturday to resume the good work in a City shirt. The new contract has buoyed the Englishman.
The Brazilian starts in Europe more often than not. He should continue to do that on Tuesday.
The German is slowly returning to his best and should start ahead of Riyad Mahrez in this crunch game.
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