Kyle Walker scores for Man City against Club Brugge. Credit: Getty.
After a disappointing loss to Crystal Palace at the weekend, Manchester City’s attention turns to Europe, as they host Club Brugge in the Champions League.
Wednesday’s game, which kicks off at 8pm, represents a huge opportunity for Pep Guardiola’s men to strengthen their chances of reaching the knockout stages after picking up six points from the opening three games.
That includes Man City’s 5-1 win over Brugge in matchday three, which moved them above the Belgians and into second place in the group, with the Blues one point behind Paris Saint-Germain.
However, Man City warmed up for the clash at the Etihad by suffering a 2-0 defeat to Palace at the weekend, with Wilfried Zaha and Conor Gallagher among the goals.
The Premier League champions will be looking for an improvement on Wednesday night, especially ahead of this weekend’s Manchester derby at Old Trafford.
What’s the latest team news?
Guardiola confirmed in Tuesday’s press conference that there are no new injury concerns, meaning Ferran Torres is the only absentee.
Aymeric Laporte is suspended for the weekend clash against Manchester United, but with that ban not applying to European competitions he is likely to be involved against Brugge.
For Man City, it’s a delicate balance between rotating their squad ahead of the derby and putting out a strong XI to face Brugge, with Guardiola saying in his pre-match press conference that the Champions League game was ‘more important’ than the trip to Old Trafford at the weekend.
Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gundogan, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Riyad Mahrez were all rested against Palace and could come in on Wednesday.
As for the visitors, they have a full squad to select from, which contains several former Premier League players such as Owen Otasowie, Jose Izquierdo and Simon Mignolet, as well as Wesley, who is on loan from Aston Villa.
Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Zinchenko; Rodri, Gundogan, Silva; Mahrez, Sterling, Foden.
Club Brugge (4-3-3): Mignolet; Mata, Hendry, Nsoki, Sobol; Vormer, Alvarez, Vanaken; Lang, Dost, De Ketelaere.
Is the match on TV?
How can I watch highlights?
The best bits from the game will be shown on BT Sports’ Champions League YouTube channel. Champions League Tonight will bring highlights from all eight games on Wednesday, and starts at 10.30pm on BT Sport 2.