The Champions League is here! Manchester City kick off the group stage with a tough match against Borussia Monchengladbach at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday. After a huge Manchester Derby win, Pep Guardiola hopes to maintain a perfect record in charge of the Sky Blues facing a very difficult opponent, one of the best sides in the Bundesliga.
City's home is ready for the game, and it's RAINING!!!
Looks like that late summer heatwave we've been enjoying is over! #mcfc pic.twitter.com/YEPNwwRmOR— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 13, 2016
And the lineups are out!
Manchester City starting lineup (4-1-4-1):
Bravo | Zabaleta, Stones, Otamendi, Kolarov | Fernandinho | Navas, De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling | Agüero
Substitutes from: Caballero, Sagna, Clichy, Gundogan, Sané, Nolito, Iheanacho
Manager: Pep Guardiola
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Borussia Mönchengladbach starting lineup (3-4-3):
Sommer | Elvedi, Christensen, Strobl | Johnson, Kramer, Dahoud, Wendt | Hahn, Stindl, Raffael
Substitues from: Sippel, Vestegaard, Hazard, Traoré, Hofman, Jantschke, Korb
Manager: Andre Schubert
Pep Guardiola makes three changes from the Derby, but maintains Claudio Bravo in goal, John Stones in the center of defense, the Fernandinho-Silva-De Bruyne trio in midfield and Raheem Sterling on the wing, which means the most important players are still in the starting lineup. Gladbach's lineup is attacking, physical and bold, and the game will be very tough because of that.
Staying perfect is the goal, and Pep Ball can lead to a great win.