Raheem Sterling and Jose Cancelo out of Manchester City’s starting 11 for Borussia Dortmund clash
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Borussia Dortmund vs Manchester City
Pep Guardiola has left Raheem Sterling and Jose Cancelo on the bench for his side’s must win game at Borussia Dortmund tonight.
The line-up is in! 😍
XI | Ederson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko, Rodrigo, Gundogan, De Bruyne (C), Mahrez, Bernardo, Foden
SUBS | Steffen, Trafford, Ake, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, Cancelo, Sterling, Jesus, Torres, Garcia
— Manchester City (@ManCity) April 14, 2021
Olek Zinchenko and Phil Foden have both been selected to start in what is a vital game in City’s hunt for the elusive Champions League trophy.
A win tonight will see them through to face PSG in the Semi Final’s but a 2-1 slender advantage is one that they will be wary of, and they have exited the tournament at this stage in the last three season.
Foden the Future
Manchester City’s English midfielder Phil Foden (R) walks off the pitch with Dortmund’s Norwegian forward Erling Braut Haaland after the UEFA Champions League first leg quarter-final football match between Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on April 6, 2021. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
The decision to start Phil Foden in such a big game is a statement by Guardiola, especially at the expense of Raheem Sterling.
Such is City’s squad that there is always going to be someone who misses out, and should tonight not go to plan, they have options from the bench, but Foden is now considered essential enough to start.
City will be hoping they take one step closer to the quadruple tonight and provided they avoid defeat, they will be.