Manchester City vs RB Leipzig: Nearly four months on from their heartbreaking defeat in the final, Manchester City will return to Champions League action on Wednesday night.
Thankfully, City appear to have got over the 1-0 defeat to Chelsea in Porto quickly and are now on a three-match winning streak in the Premier League, in which they haven’t even conceded a goal.
They will get their group stage campaign off to a tricky start, however, with the visit of German side RB Leipzig to the Etihad and, with Paris Saint-Germain also in Group A, it’s crucial the Blues get off to a strong start.
Pep Guardiola has a couple of fitness concerns ahead of the match as centre-back pair Aymeric Laporte and John Stones both weren’t able to take part in training on Tuesday and are doubts for the game. Zack Steffen is unavailable due to Covid-19.
How Man City should line up vs RB Leipzig in Champions League opener
More than four months on from their big Champions League disappointment, Manchester City return to European action on Wednesday as they begin their campaign against RB Leipzig.
City will be hoping to make a strong start to the group stage as they look to return to the final after suffering heartbreak when they came runners up to Chelsea last season.
Pep Guardiola’s side has begun to hit their stride in recent weeks, with Saturday’s hard-fought victory over Leicester City making it three successive wins.
The Blues will need to keep that run going as they enter a difficult run of fixtures and will need to make a strong start to their European campaign as they have been drawn in a difficult group, with Leipzig, Paris Saint-Germain and Club Brugge join them in Group A.
City suffered no fresh injury concerns at the weekend, but the match could see Guardiola break his streak of three matches in a row in which he has named an unchanged side.
John Stones and Aymeric Laporte miss Man City training session ahead of RB Leipzig
Aymeric Laporte and John Stones were both absent from Manchester City’s training session on Tuesday afternoon to give Pep Guardiola a concern.
City’s manager is preparing for their first fixture in a tough Champions League group with RB Leipzig the visitors at the Etihad on Wednesday. And he may have to do without two of his best three centre-backs if Laporte and Stones are not able to play after not being deemed fit enough to take part in training.
Ruben Dias was present at the City Football Academy, as was Dutch defender Nathan Ake; the two were paired together for the majority of pre-season and played at Wembley in the Community Shield and at Tottenham in the opening Premier League game. However, Dias has since formed an excellent partnership with Spanish defender Laporte; they have kept three clean sheets in three games and conceded only one shot on target in that time.