Aug 4, 2021

PREVIEW: Zinchenko To Start For City As Dortmund Remains Unchanged

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The Black and Yellow were minutes away from claiming a 1-1 draw from the first leg at the Etihad.

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DORTMUND: Borussia Dortmund are unchanged from the side that lost 2-1 in Manchester.

Manchester City will be aiming to book their spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League when they travel to the Westfalenstadion to take on Borussia Dortmund in the second leg of their quarter-final bout.

The Black and Yellow were minutes away from claiming a 1-1 draw from the first leg at the Etihad, but a late Phil Foden strike saw City win the tie 2-1 ahead of Wednesday’s meeting.

Manchester City make one change from the first leg. That sees Oleksandr Zinchenko start at left-back in place of Joao Cancelo. The Ukrainian played in midfield at the weekend for City’s 2-1 home loss to Leeds. Cancelo is on the bench, as is Raheem Sterling.

Borussia Dortmund are unchanged from the side that lost 2-1 in Manchester. So Erling Braut Haaland leads the line, supported by Marco Reus and Jude Bellingham is in midfield.

Reus limped out of Saturday’s 3-2 win at Stuttgart, after the attacking midfielder scored for the second match in a row, while centre-back Mats Hummels did not come out for the second half after feeling unwell. Both, though, are fit.

Former Man City youth product Jadon Sancho will not be reuniting with the Citizens this week as he remains sidelined with a thigh problem, and two new faces in Reus and Mats Hummels have joined the England international in the treatment room.

However, Terzic is optimistic over the pair’s availability for this game after they were forced off in the win over Stuttgart, but it is still too soon for Axel Witsel, Dan-Axel Zagadou or Marcel Schmelzer to feature.

Knauff and Mateu Morey Bauza were both surprise starters at the Etihad, and the former will hope to keep his place after his decisive goal at the weekend, but Lukasz Piszczek and Thomas Meunier could compete with Bauza for the right-back spot.

Haaland has now gone six games without a goal for club and country, but he is yet to draw a blank at the Westfalenstadion in the Champions League.

City’s treatment room has been unoccupied for the past few weeks, but Sergio Aguero and Aymeric Laporte have suffered fresh injuries and are doubtful for the second leg, although the latter is back in training.

As he so often does, Guardiola made a raft of changes for the defeat to Leeds, and two alterations in the rearguard should see Ruben Dias and Kyle Walker return for Nathan Ake and Benjamin Mendy.

Fernandinho and Oleksandr Zinchenko started in midfield at the weekend but will make way for Rodri and Ilkay Gundogan here, with Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne completing an overhaul in attack.

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