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Rotation from Pep - How Man City could line-up against Marseille

The Premier League side have already qualified for the knockout stages which presents an opportunity for some fringe players

 
10:14am on Tuesday 8th December 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

Pep Guardiola is set to rotate his side for this week's Champions League encounter with Marseille, with qualification for the last-16 already secured.

In Group B alongside the Ligue 1 side, Porto, and Olympiacos, Man City have won four and drawn one out of their opening five games.

In their last Champions League game, they drew 0-0 away versus Porto in Portugal.

The only injury concern Guardiola currently has surrounds Sergio Aguero, and with the stakes in this game significantly lower than in previous European games, it is unlikely the Argentine will be risked as he battles back to full fitness.

Aguero may play a small part, but City will be hoping to get him back firing ahead of the Manchester derby against Man Utd this weekend.

Ederson will remain in goal, with Kyle Walker coming in at right-back after being rested for the 2-0 victory against Fulham.

The rest of the defence could be rotated, with Eric Garcia, Aymeric Laporte, and Oleksandr Zinchenko coming in for John Stones, Ruben Dias, and Benjamin Mendy.

Kevin De Bruyne and Rodri may be rested, with Fernandinho and Ilkay Gundogan starting in the centre of midfield.

Bernardo Silva and Ferran Torres didn't start at the weekend so expect them to come in, with Gabriel Jesus starting up top and Phil Foden just in behind.

In the last fixture between City and Marseille, the Premier League side comfortably won 3-0 away from home, with Torres, Gundogan, and Raheem Sterling all scoring.

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