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Predicted Manchester City XI to play Paris Saint-Germain: Zinchenko and Jesus start

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Predicted Manchester City XI to play Paris Saint-Germain: Zinchenko and Jesus start

Manchester City host Paris Saint-Germain at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night looking to secure their place in the Champions League Final after taking a 2-1 lead in the first-leg.

Pep Guardiola’s Citizens fell at this hurdle back in 2016 after losing to Real Madrid by a single goal, before enduring a streak of three successive exits at the quarter-final stage.

The Champions League could serve as one of three pieces of silverware for the Sky Blues over the coming weeks, having already secured the Carabao Cup and moved 13 points clear of Manchester United in the Premier League table on Saturday.

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Guardiola rang the changes for the weekend’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace as he sought to rest a number of those who featured at Le Parc des Princes, but may not opt to recall all of those who came from behind to beat Paris Saint-Germain.

So, with that in mind, who could be in the starting XI to face Mauricio Pochettino’s side?

Guardiola confirmed to Manchester City’s club website on Monday that Eric Garcia will be the only player unavailable to face PSG in midweek, as the defender is recovering from a fever.

Nathan Ake and Joan Laporta instead started in front of Ederson’s goal at Crystal Palace, but we expect both John Stones and Ruben Dias to regain their positions in central defence with support from Kyle Walker at right-back.

 

Joao Cancelo played in Walker’s position at Selhurst Park after featuring on the left in Paris, yet could now drop out altogether for Oleksandr Zinchenko to start after the Portuguese full-back’s attacking efforts rarely paid off during a torrid night in France last week.

Zinchenko, who earns £20,000-per-week (Spotrac), played well after replacing Cancelo at Le Parc des Princes and set Kevin de Bruyne up to equalise for his second assist of the season.

De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan were among the many rested at Crystal Palace but will be expected to start against Paris Saint-Germain alongside Rodri, with the Belgian maestro dropping back from the false-nine role for Gabriel Jesus to lead the line.

Jesus opened the action at Selhurst Park and appeared to benefit from the support of those around him, while creating space for others to find openings that will be crucial to Manchester City avoiding another semi-final heartbreak.

Riyad Mahrez was one of the stars of the show in Paris when he stepped up to the occasion to lash home the winning goal with a free-kick, and will expect to join Phil Foden in returning to the wings after being rested in London over the weekend.

Manchester City predicted XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan; Mahrez, Jesus, Foden

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