With time constraints this, I’m sorry to say, is a bit of a quick Champions League ‘opener’ Blog-posting. Sorry.
Straight to it then (predicted line-up)
I’ve little doubt that, for an unprecedented second time in a row, our manager will opt for just one striker.
Nasri to start (unlike at Arsenal) and Toure to return after his long trip for his national side. Navas to the ‘the unlucky one’ I think; Silva on the right with TWO holding midfielders in two-games-in-a-row Milner and Fernandinho. If correct of course; what a difference [for Milner] a week makes…
After a tough game just 4 days earlier I’ve gone for Demichelis to have a rest on the bench with Mangala making his debut. Again, if true, I can’t wait to see the fledgling partnership with Vinny.
I think our ‘Engineer’ will go for the slightly more counter attacking full-backs of Aleks & Bacary; although he’ll be cautious of the threat the home side possess he’ll want to hit and hurt them on the break as much as possible.
Result? I’m going for a very creditable score draw.
Not content with looking like
City at home [colours] and Arsenal /
Manyoo away [usual, past kits]; as I suspected City have confirmed the release of a cup / 3rd
strip that will make our lads look like Wimbledon tennis ball boys. We might even see it