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Manchester City v. Borussia Mönchengladbach: Pellegrini's Potential Picks

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Here we take a look at how Manuel Pellegrini may line up Manchester City for its final Champions League match day against Borussia Mönchengladbach.

What Starting XI is Pellegrini thinking of for Tuesday?
What Starting XI is Pellegrini thinking of for Tuesday?
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Of the two teams entering Tuesday's final Champions League match, it will be fair to say that Manchester City will be the team with more on the line. Though finishing first place in Group D does not assure playing the second placed team in Group C, it would be a very important boost for Manchester City to finish in first place to underscore the importance Manchester City has in the Champions League, even though it has failed to advance the Round of 16 on several occasions. In addition to the chance of obtaining first place honors, a victory on Tuesday would be good enough, especially if it is a convincing one, to demonstrate that Manchester City's 2-0 loss at Stoke was simply a stutter and nothing more.

Though Borussia Monchengladbach has no possibility of advancing to the next stage of the Champions League, it and Manchester City will have one eye attached to what occurs in Andalusia, as Sevilla receives Juventus. If Sevilla defeats Juventus and Manchester City defeats Monchengladbach, then Manchester City finishes in first place and Sevilla advances to the Europa League and Monchengladbach is eliminated from European competition for the rest of the season. If Juventus defeats Sevilla, then City will finish in second regardless of what plays out at the Etihad, and Monchengladbach will play in the Europa League.

After City's disastrous showing at Stoke, it will definitely be important to come out guns blazing against Borussia Monchengladbach, a team that just defeated Bayern Munich 3-1 over the weekend. After being suspended for Saturday's match against Stoke City, it looks like Eliaquim Mangala will return to partner in defense with Nicolas Otamendi. Manuel Pellegrini confirmed that Martin Demichelis was going to be out with a tendon injury. With Pablo Zabaleta still out, Bacary Sagna will start in the right back position, while Aleksandar Kolarov, who started on Saturday, looks likely to be called upon to play in the left back position.

With Yaya Toure out with a muscle injury, it looks increasingly likely that Fernandinho and Fabian Delph will play in midfield after Fernando picked up an injury against Stoke. In the forward position, Wilfried Bony will start as cover for the still injured Sergio Aguero, who is about 15-20 days away from fitness. Behind Bony, it is going to be David Silva and on the wings, it will be Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne to add pace and flair that looked absent against Stoke City.

Out Injured for Tuesday's match against Borussia Monchengladbach: Yaya Toure, Pablo Zabaleta, Sergio Aguero, Fernando, Martin Demichelis, Vincent Kompany and Samir Nasri.