March 31, 2023
De Bruyne returns as Manchester City eye the Champions League quarterfinals

De Bruyne returns as Manchester City eye the Champions League quarterfinals

Kevin De Bruyne returned to Manchester City’s starting line-up as the English champions sought to advance to the Champions League quarter-final for the sixth successive season against RB Leipzig on Tuesday.

The tie is finely balanced after a 1-1 draw three weeks ago in Germany that De Bruyne missed through illness.

The Belgian was also left out early on in the 1-0 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday, as Pep Guardiola aims to keep the 31-year-old fresh for the most crucial moments of the season.

John Stones is selected ahead of Kyle Walker at right-back in City’s only other change since the first leg.

Bernardo Silva is preferred on the right of attack, with Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez on the bench.

Leipzig will be without the injured Christopher Nkunku, who scored a hat-trick when the Bundesliga side lost 6-3 at the Etihad last season.

Injuries mean the visitors can’t even fill their bench with just 17 outfield players traveling to Manchester.

Marco Rose left Andre Silva on the bench and Timo Werner started up front, supported by Dominik Szoboszlai and Emil Forsberg.

Manchester City (4-2-3-1)

Ederson; John Stones, Manuel Akanji, Reuben Dias, Nathan Ake; Rodriguez, Ilkay Gundogan (c); Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Jack Grealish; Erling Haaland

Coach: Pep Guardiola (ESP)

RB Leipzig (4-3-2-1)

Janis Blaswich; Benjamin Henrichs, Willi Orban (c), Josko Guardiol, David Raum; Konrad Laimer, Kevin Kampl, Amadou Haidara; Dominik Szoboszlai, Emil Forsberg; Timo Werner

Coach: Marco Rose (GER)

Referee: Slavko Vincic (SVN)


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *