Manchester City coach , Pep Guardiola shared the conditions of his players for the match against Sporting
Lisobon in the second leg of the Champions League last 16 , Thursday (9/3/2022) early this morning.
The Manchester City vs Sporting Lisbon match unfolds at the Etihad Stadium, starting at 03.00 WIB.
Pep Guardiola hinted that Manchester City ‘s squad that is ready to appear only amounts to 14 players.
This number may not include the composition of young players owned by Manchester City.
The tattered condition of the squad nicknamed The Citizens is none other than for various reasons.
Especially the many Citizens defenders who missed this match.
Like a pair of central defenders for The Citizens , Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake are currently recovering from injury.
There is also Kyle Walker suspended until Joao Cancelo has health problems.
“We don’t have many players, we only have 14 players available,” said Pep Guardiola .
“Nathan may be ready in the next few days, but tomorrow is too risky for Ruben who is out for a long time.
We can’t risk another centre-back.
This Spanish architect must rack his brain to overcome the lack of stock of defenders who can play.
He certainly doesn’t want the Champions League Quarter-Final ticket to just disappear.
Citizens on paper are more favored because in the first meeting at home to Sporting Lisbon , they managed to win five goals without reply.
“Of course, we had a great result in the first leg and the score was 5-0, but nothing is impossible, football is unpredictable.” said Guardiola.
We will try to do our best to win the game.
“We will look at today’s training and see what we will do.” hope the 51-year-old tactician.
Meanwhile, Ruben Amorim as the captain of Sporting Lisbon did not give up even though the chances of his team’s comeback were slim.
He and all the Sporting Lisbon players are ready to give their best performance to get maximum results.
“We’re going up against a great team. Even with a lot of casualties, City have enough players to make great teams.” beber Ruben Amorim quoted from the UEFA website.
“Even if the game is close to being decided, we have a responsibility, and that is fighting for the win.” he insisted.
The following is the prediction for the composition of the two teams
Adan; Reis, Coates, Inacio; Porro, Ugarte, Essugo, Vinagre; Sarabia, Slimani, Edwards