With a spot in the knock out stages of this years Champions League almost certain, with only one point required to ensure qualification Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has rung the changes ahead of tonight’s penultimate group game against Lyon at the Groupama Stadium.
With Several of City’s bigger names either injured or rested including the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus, Guardiola will give teenager Phil Foden his first champions league start after insisting the midfielder is “definitely ready”.
After creating a shock opening day win over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium Lyon have gone on to draw their last three match’s and currently sit second in Group F in comparison to City who have defeated Hoffenheim before doing the home and away double over Shakhtar Donetsk to top the group on 9 points and will clinch top spot with a win tonight (tues).
In his pre match interviews Guardiola spoke how his side are now judged on their European results more than those within the premier league has his side remain unbeaten and two points clear at the top.
“For the people who don't love us too much, who use money as an argument, then we have failed if we don't win the Champions League,” Guardiola said.
“For the others, especially our fans who say they enjoy watching our games and enjoy what we are doing, I'm pretty sure they won't have regrets about what these guys have been doing every three days for the last 15 months.
“That is the best compliment, the best success the team can have. But, of course, we want to qualify, continue our level in the Premier League and arrive in the best possible condition with everybody fit to challenge again to go quite far.”
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