The Manchester City Lineup That Should Start Against Lyon

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City defeated Real Madrid in the last 16 | Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images

Manchester City face Lyon in the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Saturday night.

Pep Guardiola’s side are strong favourites to advance to the semi-finals, having seen off La Liga champions Real Madrid in the previous round.

Pep Guardiola
Guardiola is looking for his first piece of European silverware since leaving Barcelona | Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images

However, they should not expect to walk through their opponents. The two sides met in the group stages of last season’s competition, with Lyon picking up four points from the two fixtures.

The French side also pulled off a shock in the last 16, knocking out Italian giants Juventus on away goals. Should City progress, they will have reached the Champions League semi-finals for only the second time in their history.

Here, 90min names the side that Pep Guardiola could – and probably should – name to face Lyon.

Benjamin Mendy
Mendy missed the second leg against Real Madrid through suspension | Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

Ederson (GK) – Barring a last minute injury disaster, the Brazilian will keep his place in the starting lineup – having firmly established himself as City’s number one over the last three seasons.

Kyle Walker (RB) – The 30-year old received a huge amount of praise for his performance against Real Madrid, and Guardiola will be hoping for more of the same.

Fernandinho (CB) – The veteran has been playing in an unfamiliar centre-back role for most of the season, and has proven to be a solid option.

Aymeric Laporte (CB) – Former Athletic star Laporte scored against Lyon in last season’s group stage, and remains the club’s first choice central defender.

Benjamin Mendy (LB) – After missing the last fixture through suspension, Mendy is expected to return to the starting XI.

Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne
Gundogan and De Bruyne started against Real Madrid | Pool/Getty Images

Rodri (CM) – City’s summer signing has had the best goalscoring season of his career, netting four times – but it’s his industrious work in midfield that will need to come to the fore.

Ilkay Gundogan (CM) – Gundogan has scored twice in this season’s Champions League campaign, bagging in both fixtures against Shakhtar Donetsk in the group stage.

Kevin De Bruyne (CM) – The Belgian superstar is set for his 450th club career appearance. De Bruyne has scored 103 goals at club level, with 56 of those coming in a Man City shirt.

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Sterling has been brilliant in this season’s Champions League | Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images

Riyad Mahrez (RW) – After sitting out of the second leg against Real Madrid, Mahrez could make a return to the starting lineup. His quality could be vital to breaking down a tough Lyon defence.

Gabriel Jesus (ST) – With Sergio Aguero still sidelined, Jesus remains City’s only option up front. The 23-year old has 14 goals and six assists in 22 Champions League appearances, which isn’t bad for a player who’s ability continues to be called into question despite his record.

Raheem Sterling (LW) – Sterling’s goal last time out was his 100th for Man City, and his sixth goal in this year’s competition – setting a new personal best for the former Liverpool winger.

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