Manchester City will return to Champions League action on Tuesday evening as they travel to face Paris Saint-Germain in their second group stage match. The defending Premier League champions could be spared the task of nullifying Lionel Messi at the Parc des Princes, with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner facing a battle to be passed fit ahead of kick-off.
Express Sport takes a look at the City side that could take to the pitch this evening as they look to build on their 6-3 win over RB Leipzig with another valuable three points in Europe.
Goalkeeper – Ederson
Ederson is widely expected to retain his spot between the sticks for the trip to the French capital.
The Brazilian stopper was selected to play against Leipzig ahead of second-choice Zack Steffen, who will continue to be reserved for domestic cup competitions.
He was unable to keep a clean sheet last time around and looks set to face an even tougher challenge against PSG.
The likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria will all be hungry for goals even if Messi, who is yet to score for his new club, is eventually ruled out of the clash.
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Defence – Walker, Dias, Stones, Cancelo
Pep Guardiola could opt to make one change in defence from the win over Chelsea on Saturday, with John Stones coming in for Aymeric Laporte at centre-back.
The England man, if selected, will likely partner Ruben Dias in the middle, while Kyle Walker should keep his place on the right-hand side.
Meanwhile, Joao Cancelo excelled against Chelsea and will be tasked with holding down the left flank.
City have kept five clean sheets in all competitions since the beginning of the campaign, with another organised performance at the back set to be crucial in achieving a positive result against PSG this evening.
Midfield – Fernandinho, Silva, De Bruyne
Rodri played the entire 90 minutes against Chelsea three days ago and could be rested for tonight’s clash, with Fernandinho able to replace him in the middle of the park.
The 36-year-old has only started twice in the Premier League this season but is still more than capable of keeping things ticking in the engine room when required.
Fernandinho could be deployed behind a central pairing of Bernardo Silva and Kevin de Bruyne, who is still yet to return to his peak after his injury in last season’s Champions League final.
However, the Belgian remains among the world’s very best in his position and will likely be expected to pull the strings for City in Paris once again.
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Attack – Grealish, Mahrez, Torres
Jack Grealish turned plenty of heads on his Champions League debut against Leipzig and could be set to play another starring role for Guardiola’s side this evening.
The former Aston Villa skipper may well be partnered by Riyad Mahrez, who also scored against the Bundesliga outfit last time around, on the opposite flank.
Meanwhile, Ferran Torres appears likely to replace Gabriel Jesus at the tip of City’s attacking trident.
The Spaniard has already provided three goals this season, with his most recent effort coming against Wycombe Wanderers in the Carabao Cup earlier this month.
Possible Man City XI vs PSG – Ederson; Walker, Dias, Stones, Cancelo; Fernandinho, Silva, De Bruyne; Grealish, Mahrez, Torres.