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Manchester City will look to maintain their excellent start to 2021 when they face Borussia Monchengladbach in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday.
City are undefeated in 25 games in all competitions and have won all 14 games they have played in 2021, so unsurprisingly they will come into this as a big favorite against a team with just one win in their last five.
This is how Pep Guardiola’s page should line up.
Ederson (GK) – At the center of the way City play, Ederson is one of the first names on the team sheet these days.
Joao Cancelo (RB) – Expect Cancello to start as a right-back, but you’ll probably see him everywhere on the field. It is a monster.
John Stones (CB) – No one expected this revival of the Stones, who has played his way back into the fold of England with true class.
Ruben Dias (CB) – The signing of the season in the Premier League? Dias has stabilized City’s defense and turned it back into the terrifying monster that swept the world a few years ago.
Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB) – Zinchenko’s form has forced Benjamin Mendy out into the cold, and he deserves to retain his place for this.
Rodri (DM) – It was Fernandinho who started the recent win over Arsenal, so the Brazilian should rest for this and be replaced by regular starter Rodri.
Ilkay Gundogan (CM) – England’s best player of 2021, Gundogan has emerged as a true superstar during City’s undefeated streak. It’s a no-brainer.
Bernardo Silva (CM) – Kevin De Bruyne is back in action, but he shouldn’t work too hard yet. Guardiola should give him rest and give Silva another chance in midfield.
Riyad Mahrez (RW) – Mahrez has impressed in the last two Premier League games, offering goals and assists, so he deserves to keep his spot.
Phil Foden (ST) – False-nine Foden has been incredibly dangerous for City and his move would terrify Gladbach.
Raheem Sterling (LW) – Sterling has scored goals for fun recently and is one of City’s biggest goal threats. There is no way they will drop it.
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