On Saturday evening, Manchester City will host Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium. The Sky Blue is coming off a convincing 4-0 win over Sevilla in the first round of the UCL group stages. In this home game, the Mancunian giants will be looking to clinch all three points once more.
Pep Guardiola will use a 4-3-3 formation, with Nathan Ake returning to the backline and Haaland continuing his excellent form up front.
Ederson Moraes will function in between the sticks for the upcoming clash. The Brazilian shot-stopper will hope to put up a strong performance and secure another clean sheet on Saturday. Ruben Dias will form the center-half partnership with Nathan Ake at the heart of the City’s backline.
Joao Cancelo might start at the right-back position, whereas Sergio Gomez will fill in on the other flank as the left-back. The full-backs will be expected to stretch the opposition and keep their shape defensively.
Rodri is a guaranteed starter in the holding midfield position as he plays in more of a defensive role to shield his backline.
Bernardo Silva is expected to start in central midfield, while Kevin de Bruyne is expected to start in attacking midfield. The pair would be determined to create clear-cut scoring opportunities for the forwards.
Ilkay Gundogan will have to settle for a bench spot, but he could make an impact in the second half.
The wide positions will be filled by Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez, who will play on the left and right wings, respectively.
Erling Haaland will lead Manchester City‘s attack this weekend. When he goes up against the Spurs’ defense, the Norwegian international will be hoping to find the back of the net.