Manchester Metropolis journey to the Danish capital to face FC Copenhagen within the Champions League knockout levels on Tuesday night.
Copenhagen head coach Jacob Neestrup infamously claimed that the ambiance at Parken Stadium was 100 occasions extra intense than Manchester United’s dwelling floor earlier this season. Given Pep Guardiola’s personal misgivings with the Etihad crowd, one can solely think about how the din in Denmark compares to Metropolis’s stadium.
Nonetheless, the reigning European champions are heavy favourites in virtually any venue they enter. Guardiola gave his aspect a 0.1% likelihood of repeating their treble-winning feat of final season however the odds of victory on Tuesday will probably be significantly larger.
This is the beginning XI Guardiola might deploy to maximise his aspect’s likelihood of success.
GK: Ederson – Metropolis’s Brazilian shot-stopper has recorded eight clear sheets in his final 15 Champions League matches.
RB: Kyle Walker – Due to a short spell between the posts towards Atalanta in 2019, Walker can boast as many profession Champions League clear sheets (one) as Metropolis’s backup goalkeeper Stefan Ortega.
CB: John Stones – The star of final season’s Champions League remaining has solely made two appearances within the competitors this time period. Kalvin Phillips was used extra typically in Europe earlier than his January departure.
CB: Ruben Dias – Metropolis’s defensive lynchpin is one reserving away from suspension.
LB: Nathan Ake – One in every of solely two gamers to have featured in each European recreation for Metropolis this season.
CM: Kevin De Bruyne – The Belgian maestro has not completed a Champions League recreation for the reason that first leg of final season’s semi-final towards Actual Madrid when he scored Metropolis’s equaliser.
CM: Rodri – It has been greater than a 12 months since Rodri final misplaced a recreation of soccer for Metropolis.
CM: Julian Alvarez – Now beneath the stewardship of arguably the sport’s greatest-ever supervisor, Alvarez’s first coach was a supply driver.
RW: Bernardo Silva – Someway satisfied his spouse to let him title their French bulldog ‘John Stones’ in order that he may boss his teammate’s namesake round at dwelling.
ST: Erling Haaland – After Haaland scored twice towards Copenhagen in October 2022, the crushed and beleaguered goalkeeper Kamil Grabara turned to Jack Grealish and mentioned: “The man isn’t human.” Grealish fired again: “Bro, I do know, you are telling me!”
LW: Phil Foden – In response to Guardiola: “Solely Phil will resolve his limits.” Foden has proven few indicators of plateauing any time quickly.