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April 14 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Man City vs Borussia Dortmund Live Manchester City are looking to complete the job and book a place in the Champions League semi-final for the first time under Pep Guardiola tonight.
City hold a 2-1 lead over Borussia Dortmund from last week’s quarter final first leg at the Etihad, but Guardiola insists the Blues go to Dortmund to win the second leg, rather than defend their lead – especially given Dortmund’s away goal. Goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden were enough to give City their slender lead either side of Marco Reus’ equaliser.
Guardiola will be without Sergio Aguero for the trip to Germany after he failed to recover from injury in time, but Aymeric Laporte has travelled after overcoming his own fitness issue. Youngster James Trafford has also travelled as the third goalkeeper.
If City can progress, they will break their streak of three quarter-final exits in a row under Guardiola, with Paris Saint-Germain awaiting the winners.
Can’t help but think Haaland vs Dias is the key battle tonight. City did OK against the phenomenal Dortmund striker last week, even if Ederson rescued his centre back once with a fine save, and Haaland also set up Marco Reus for the Dortmund goal.
Maybe it’s also a battle of the Blues’ current record signing against the man who will surpass that in the summer?
One thing City don’t have is any real spread of midfielders on their bench, with Fernandinho the only player falling into that category.
Some of the starting XI could be shuttled back into there from more forward positions but you’d expect Gundogan and Rodri playing all 90 minutes will be a fundamental part of the gameplan tonight.
Txiki Begiristain said that City wouldn’t be thinking about their potential semi-final opponents ahead of the quarter-final, hinting that such a mistake had been made last year when they ended up crashing out to Lyon before meeting Bayern Munich in the semis.
They will have been happier nonetheless to see the reigning champions knocked out last night. History still matters psychologically in this competition and PSG will have no demons for City if they can make it past Dortmund.
Erling Haaland remains the biggest single obstacle between City and a date with Paris Saint Germain in the semi-final.
The sheer size of the Norwegian was highlighted by his intimate chat with Phil Foden at the end of the first leg when the City star was dwarfed by his six ft four ins bulk.
But the news that Haaland at the weekend also set the fastest sprint time in the Bundesliga this season, at 36.04 kph (about 22.5mph) puts a new perspective on it – he is the quickest player in a league that boasts speed merchants like Leroy Sane and Justin Kluivert.
Big day for young goalkeeper James Trafford, who travelled as third-choice goalkeeper in place of Scott Carson.
Plenty of firepower from the bench if needed, as well as some defensive reinforcements.
The line-up is in! 😍
XI | Ederson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko, Rodrigo, Gundogan, De Bruyne (C), Mahrez, Bernardo, Foden
Guardiola talked about the lack of a left-footed centre back being an issue last week.
He resisted the temptation to bring in Aymeric Laporte but by picking Zinchenko as the only change from the team which won the first leg, he has introduced a left foot in that area of the field.