Manchester City-Dortmund, the lines: Mahrez preferred to Sterling

Pep Guardiola does without Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus at the kick-off of the Champions League quarter-final first leg between Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund. The Spanish coach has indeed preferred to start Riyad Mahrez. Opposite, Erling Haaland will be accompanied by Marco Reus and a very young striker. A match to follow this Tuesday evening exclusively on RMC Sport 2.

Will Borussia Dortmund defeat the odds? The German club is this Tuesday evening (9 p.m.) at the Etihad Stadium to challenge Manchester City, in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League. Kick-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. A match to follow live on RMC Sport 2.

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Laporte and Mendy on the bench

In great shape with five consecutive victories, Manchester City persisted with their 4-2-3-1. There is still some uncertainty regarding Guardiola’s offensive animations. For that of this Tuesday evening, De Bruyne should be the wrong number 9, in front of a Mahrez-Silva-Foden trio. In the middle, Rodri and Gündogan are aligned without surprise. In defense, Dias is accompanied by Stones in the axis. Which still leaves Laporte on the bench, just like Mendy, scorer against Leicester (2-0).

Clearly less confident with only one success over the last five meetings, Borussia Dortmund is also deployed in 4-2-3-1. Hitz is still preferred by Terzic to Bürki as a goalkeeper. Even though Meunier is available, it’s Morey is aligned. Can, who was recently helping out in defense, moved up a notch to help Dahoud and Bellingham. In attack, in the absence of Sancho and Moukoko (injured), Haaland is supported by Marco Reus and the young German striker Ansgar Knauff (19).

Several players risk suspension if given a warning. This is the case of Haaland, the only one with this sword of Damocles over his head among the German workforce. As for Manchester City, Fernandinho and Cancelo are concerned.

The starting teams:

Manchester city: Ederson – Walker, Stones, Dias, Cancelo – Rodri, Gündogan – Mahrez, Silva, Foden – De Bruyne.

Alternates: Steffen, Trafford, Aké, Sterling, Jesus, Agüero, Zinchenko, Laporte, Torres, Mendy, Fernandinho, Garcia.

Borussia Dortmund: Hitz – Morey, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro – Dahoud, Can, Bellingham – Knauff, Haaland, Reus.

Alternates: Bürki, Drljaca, Delaney, Hazard, Schulz, Brandt, Reinier, Meunier, Piszczek, Tigges, Passlack, Reyna.


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