Having a 2-0 lead going into the second leg, Manchester City will hope to secure Champions League passage as they host Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday.
Manchester City have one foot in the quarterfinals of the Champions League after they defeated Borussia Monchengladbach, 2-0 away from home, in the first leg.
Pep Guardiola‘s men will hope to finish the job as they host the German side at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday. Three weeks ago, Gabriel Jesus and Bernardo Silva were on the scoresheet as City outplayed Gladbach, and are in a comfortable position heading into the final bout of the match, with two away goals.
Pep Guardiola is expected to ring in several changes from the side that started against Fulham over the weekend. Ederson is certain to start between the sticks for Manchester City. After opting for a back five against Fulham, Guardiola will revert back to a regular back four, with John Stones and Ruben Dias starting as centre-backs.
Kyle Walker, who was on the bench on Saturday, will come back into the starting lineup and will start as the right-back. Meanwhile, Cancelo will make a shift to left-back, keeping Benjamin Mendy and Oleksandr Zinchenko out of the team. Although, Cancelo is predominantly a right-back, he has impressed with his performances on the left-side of defence and his flexibility gives his manager an option of fitting Walker in the lineup.
Rodri is expected to keep his place in the side and start as the defensive midfielder. Both, Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundagon were rested for the weekend’s clash, and will come back into the starting lineup on either side of Rodri in midfield.
Riyad Mahrez was also on the bench on Saturday and will come back straight into the starting lineup. Mahrez has been one of the standout players for Pep Guardiola in the past month. The Algerian has cemented his place in the team and will operate as a right-winger.
Raheem Sterling was missing from the matchday squad that was announced to face Fulham over the weekend. However, Pep Guardiola dismissed any talks of injury and stated that the move was a tactical one. Hence, Sterling should be well-rested and start on the left-side of attack.
Gabriel Jesus scored a vital second goal for his side against Gladbach a few weeks ago and is expected to start as the striker on Tuesday. The Brazilian striker has been impressive in his previous few starts and was also on the scoresheet against Fulham.