The biggest game of the season for Manchester City takes place on Tuesday at Etihad Stadium, as the Citizens entertain Barcelona in a gigantic UEFA Champions League match with real group stage repercussions. City absolutely cannot lose or they'll be at risk of finishing in third place in Group C and having to play in the Europa League this season, which would be a disaster. A point is enough, but a win would be perfection.
Pep Guardiola and his men got back on track after a 4-0 destruction of West Brom on Saturday, a very important confidence booster for the Citizens ahead of such a difficult match against the Catalan giants. Pep Guardiola saw his team play his style to a near perfect level, and he hopes to see a similar performance from his side this Tuesday. Without any injuries in the attacking part of the squad, Pep has a number of players to choose from and form a potent offensive team.
The problem for Pep is on defense, and that's not good news with Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Neymar coming to town. While Pablo Zabaleta is likely to return from a foot injury suffered against Barça two weeks ago, Guardiola will have to replace Claudio Bravo after the Chilean got a ridiculous red card at Camp Nou and will not play this one. Willy Caballero is the natural choice, and that's not good news for City. The 'MSN' against Willy? Oh, dear.
The good news is that Pep's potent attack will face a Barça defense without three very important pieces. This is the full list of possible absences due to injury/suspension: