It was a tough result to take for Manchester City against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night. They were knocked out of the Champions League quarter-finals on away goals after a thrilling 4-3 win at the Etihad Stadium.
However, life goes on, and City will be determined to win the Premier League to be considered successful by today’s very harsh standards.
Pep Guardiola will be looking for a reaction, and the game could be as exciting as Wednesday night, or it could be a very slow game after all the energy has been drained.
Manchester City have their full squad available as Oleskandr Zinchenko was pictured in training.
After such a gruelling game and with a tough week ahead, there might be a few changes. However, as the league becomes City’s only priority, the strongest team will be ensured for every game.
Here’s how I think that Guardiola will line up against Tottenham:
It was not Ederson’s finest game in a Man City shirt on Wednesday, and the first goal should have been saved. However, he will be looking to react and put in a better performance.
RB: Kyle Walker
Kyle Walker was outstanding against Tottenham, and that made it two excellent performances in a row. This could well be Danilo because Walker would be better to play against Manchester United, but who can drop him in this form?
CB: John Stones
John Stones has been out in the cold for a while now, mainly because of his injury, but I think he will play on Saturday.
CB: Aymeric Laporte
His worst performance of the season by a country mile against Tottenham. He gave away two crucial goals but he is still a top player, and therefore he will continue in the side.
LB: Benjamin Mendy
Benjamin Mendy has played two games in a row, and three may be seen as reckless. However, unless Oleksandr Zinchenko is fully fit, Mendy is the best man for the job.
Fernandinho was not quite fit enough to play in the week, but he came on to try and see out the game. However, the Brazilian will be crucial if Man City are able to get another important win.
CM: Kevin de Bruyne
Kevin de Bruyne was back to his best against Tottenham and the only thing missing was going through to the semi-finals. He will be determined to end the season with a big trophy, and he will want to do his all to achieve this.
CM: Bernardo Silva
David Silva came off early against Tottenham, so this could easily be him in the middle with Bernardo Silva on the right. However, the Portugal international and Kevin de Bruyne have so much energy, and I think that is important in order to play so many big games on the spin.
RW: Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling’s game was almost perfect had his third goal not been overturned on Wednesday. Nonetheless, it was a top performance, and he will be vital if Man City are to win again on Saturday.
LW: Leroy Sane
Leroy Sane did not start in the week, so he should be fully fit and ready to try and get the win for Man City.
ST: Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero scored what could have been such an important goal against Tottenham, but it was not meant to be. However, he proved what he adds, and that is a world-class goalscorer who can change the game at any moment.