Because of last season's debacle, Manchester City finished in fourth place in the Permier League, which meant the Citizens would have to go through two Playoff games before reaching the group stage of the Champions League.
The Playoffs are here, as the Sky Blues face former European Cup powerhouse Steaua Bucharest over two legs, starting on Tuesday in Romania. Pep Guardiola was asked by UEFA to send a squad list for the two matches, and these are the 21 names chosen by the Catalan coach:
Goalkeepers: 1. Joe Hart, 13. Willy Caballero, Angus Gunn
Defenders: 3. Bacary Sagna, 5. Pablo Zabaleta, 11. Aleksandar Kolarov, 22. Gael Clichy. 24. John Stones, 30. Nicolás Otamendi, Tosin Adarabioyo, Angeliño Tasende
Midfielders: 6. Fernando, 7. Raheem Sterling, 15. Jesus Navas, 17. Kevin De Bruyne, 18. Fabian Delph, 21. David Silva, 25. Fernandinho
Forwards: 9. Nolito, 10. Sergi Agüero, 72. Kelechi Iheanacho
A few important things on the list:
1 - Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan are long-term injuries, therefore there was no need to put them on the list. They will be included later for the group stage.
2 - Samir Nasri, Wilfried Bony, Jason Denayer and Eliaquim Mangala are not injured, they just weren't picked by Guardiola. That shows very clearly that Pep doesn't have plans for those three players, who are likely to leave this summer.
3 - Yaya Touré has been unexpectedly dropped from the squad. More on that here.
4 - There are no changes in kit numbers, which is odd especially in the case of Kelechi Iheanacho, who is now a first team player. He must really love the #72 shirt, then.