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Man City predicted lineup vs Atletico Madrid - Champions League

Craig Vickers
Guardiola on the touchline
Guardiola on the touchline / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages
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Man City travel to face Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie looking to seal their place in the semi-finals of the competition for the second season in a row.

Kevin De Bruyne's second-half strike in Manchester last week means the Cityzens take a slender 1-0 advantage to the Wanda Metropolitano.

Pep Guardiola's side retained their grip on top spot in the Premier League with a 2-2 draw against Liverpool at the weekend, although City will need to be at their best in Spain to maintain their bid for a historic treble.

Here's how the Cityzens could line up.


1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Kyle Walker - Soccer Player - Born 1990
Walker will return from suspension for Man City / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Ederson (GK) - Made more passes than six outfield players for Atletico Madrid last week.

Kyle Walker (RB) - Has been suspended for City's previous three Champions League knockout ties after a petulant red card against RB Leipzig in the final group game.

John Stones (CB) - The Englishman's ability to step into midfield with the ball helped City unnerve Atleti's compact defensive block last week.

Aymeric Laporte (CB) - With Atleti likely to exert more pressure than last weekend, the Frenchman will need to use all of his experience.

Joao Cancelo (LB) - Should return to his opposite side with Walker's return, where he can cause the most danger.

2. Midfielders

Rodri (CM) - Back to his old stomping ground and he will be well-versed in every trick in the Atleti playbook.

Kevin De Bruyne (CM) - Finding his best form of the season at just right the moment for the Cityzens.

llkay Gundogan (CM) - Never featured against Liverpool, and his added energy could be key for City.

3. Forwards

Phil Foden
Foden assisted De Bruyne for City's winner in the first leg / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages

Bernardo Silva (RW) - The way he glides with the ball, through traffic especially, makes him the ideal Guardiola player.

Phil Foden (ST) - Changed the game off the bench in the first leg, supplying De Bruyne with a gorgeous through pass for City's goal.

Raheem Sterling (LW) - Not as technically refined as his peers, but his pace and directness helps stretch the play for Guardiola's side.

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