May 9, 2021

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The Man City squad that should start against PSG


Manchester City is potentially just 90 minutes from the first Champions League final in the history of the football club.

The 2-1 victory at Paris Saint-Germain was the result that the fans dreamed of before the first match, but one that they did not see coming after the first 45 minutes. Pep Guardiola’s team turned the score 1-0 after the break, playing Les Parisiens outside the park in an incredible half of football.

Joao Cancello, Angel Di Maria
City organized a huge comeback Xavier Laine / Getty images

PSG will be prepared for revenge in the second match, but City are well armed and are now well softened to cope with their advances, thanks to their two away games.

Here’s how to create a City to ensure that a story is made.

Alexander Zinchenko
Zinchenko returns to XI | Chloe Nott – Danehouse / Getty image

Ederson (GK) – The Brazilian’s loose cannon is a bit wild, but he is seriously confident in his approach as one of the most progressive and confident goalkeepers in world football.

Kyle Walker (RB) – Keep Kylian Mbappe quiet as a mouse in the first leg of the draw and will need a similar performance.

John Stones (CB) – As the Stones still served an internal suspension, the Englishman rested well and returned in the XI. He loves the big games this season, so expect a great performance.

Ruben Diaz (CB) – City’s summer signing received a rare, well-deserved weekend break. At just 23 years old, the impact he had on City was nothing short of extraordinary.

Oleskandr Zinchenko (LB) – Zinchenko changed the game in the first match from the bench with an excellent attacking performance, thus being drawn in the starting XI with the hope of a similar performance for the second match.

Rodri
Rodri is about to have a busy night BSR / Getty Images Agency

Rodri (DM) – The Spaniard still has something to learn to truly take the reign at the heart of City’s midfield, but he can be expected to make a solid defensive change here.

Ilkay Gundogan (CM) – The German has become a different beast from the midfield this season. Scoring goals for fun and keeping the charge from the depths to ensure that City domination based on possession comes with horror.

Bernardo Silva (CM) – Having a player like Silva in your squad is a cheating code in the European competition. Technical ability? Yes. Line breaks? Yes. Can he play it literally anywhere? This is a hat trick. Priceless.

Phil Foden
Phil Foden was superb this season Alex Grimm / Getty images

Riyadh Mahrez (RW) – Defenders know what his best trick is, but they just can’t stop that left foot from the inside. Mahrez appeared with a vital goal in the first match, but another will be greatly appreciated.

Kevin De Bruyne (CF) – Leading the line in a universal attack that is so difficult to determine, De Bruyne starts in the middle for City.

Phil Foden (LW) – The 20-year-old continues to raise the bar with spells, and the second stage of the European semifinals gives Foden another chance to add to his reel.