How Manchester City should line up in Saturday's Champions League final
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How Manchester City should line up in Saturday's Champions League final

Manchester City have the chance to turn their amazing season into a truly special one this Saturday.

The Citizens head to Portugal’s Estadio do Dragao to take on Chelsea in the club’s first-ever Champions League final.

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Pep Guardiola’s side couldn’t have asked for better preparation going into the game.

The 5-0 win over Everton will hopefully provide that momentum for the City players selected to start.

Guardiola potentially has some tricky decisions to make for the club’s final, and most important game of the season.

So many players are in great form, and there will likely be a couple of disappointed players sat on the bench come kick-off.

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Ederson will obviously start, and Guardiola could go with a back four of Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, John Stones and Oleksandr Zinchenko.

The centre-halves pick themselves really, so most eyes will be on who occupies the full-back positions.

Zinchenko was so good against PSG, and has generally been excellent this term, it would be a crying shame if he did not start.

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Walker has now recovered after supposedly twisting his ankle playing with his kids.

That’s a big boost as his pace would be a very useful counter against the likes of Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic.

In midfield, the main question is Rodri or Fernandinho.

Perhaps the veteran Brazilian should get the nod here given the size of the occasion and the fact that Rodri’s level has just dipped ever so slightly in recent weeks.

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Ilkay Gundogan is nailed on to start, and Bernando Silva is probably pretty likely too.

The attack is probably going to be Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez either side of Kevin De Bruyne.

De Bruyne was looking very slick against the Toffees and hopefully will deliver the performance of his life against his former club.

As he’s done very often this term, he’ll likely take up that false nine role and alternate with Bernando.

Sergio Aguero had a fairytale end to his Premier League career with Manchester City on Sunday, but it would be a huge surprise if he started against Chelsea.

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The fact remains; City have absolutely dazzled without him, and Guardiola can’t be sentimental here.

That said, every City fan would hope he gets on if City find themselves hunting a late winner…

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