How Man City should line up vs FC Copenhagen in Champions League fixture
Manchester City resume their UEFA Champions League campaign tonight when they travel to play FC Copenhagen for the first leg of their round of 16 tie.
City qualified from Group G with a perfect record, winning all six of their matches against RB Leipzig, Young Boys and Crvena Zvezda. Fourteen-time champions Real Madrid are the only other side left in the competition to have achieved that.
Pep Guardiola and City fans have felt that they struck lucky when drawing the Danish side, but FCK are no pushovers, having knocked out Manchester United to qualify from Group A alongside Bayern Munich. And City could be without Josko Gvardiol and Mateo Kovacic who both missed the final training session yesterday.
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Read how our writers think City should line up below and use the interactive team selector to pick your best starting XI to take on FC Copenhagen:
This feels like the 55th time in the last month that I've tipped Jack Grealish for the team but maybe the return of the Champions League can be the game for it. With an attacking midfield of Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne, Grealish and Bernardo Silva can drop back and help provide cover for Rodri and the defence.
It may still be too soon for John Stones to play consecutive games but Manu Akanji should be better placed to do that and keep his place. Kyle Walker will surely come back in, and Nathan Ake has outperformed Josko Gvardiol.
Having had a fully-fit squad a week ago there's a few issues for Guardiola to contend with again. The four centre-back system didn't really work against Everton, however, so I would