Sterling Starts Champions League Final As Guardiola Goes On The Offensive

The trophy is carried pitch side ahead of the UEFA Champions League final football match between Manchester City and Chelsea at the Dragao stadium in Porto on May 29, 2021. SUSANA VERA / POOL / AFP
The trophy is carried pitch facet forward of the UEFA Champions League remaining soccer match between Manchester City and Chelsea on the Dragao stadium in Porto on May 29, 2021. SUSANA VERA / POOL / AFP

 

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola made the daring name to drop each his recognised holding midfielders for Saturday’s Champions League remaining towards Chelsea.

Raheem Sterling returns to the City beginning line-up with Ilkay Gundogan compelled right into a deeper function in midfield within the absence of Fernandinho and Rodrigo.

Sterling has been left on the bench by Guardiola for all 4 quarter-final and semi-final ties as City have reached the ultimate for the primary time of their historical past.

But the England worldwide’s return on the expense of captain Fernandinho is the one change from the group that beat Paris Saint-Germain within the semi-final second leg.

City’s all-time file goalscorer Sergio Aguero additionally begins on the bench in his remaining recreation for the membership.

Chelsea are boosted by the return of N’Golo Kante in midfield and Edouard Mendy’s restoration from a rib harm that compelled him off at half-time of final weekend’s 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa.

Thomas Tuchel retains religion with Timo Werner up entrance regardless of his wastefulness in entrance of purpose throughout his first season at Stamford Bridge.

Kai Havertz begins up entrance alongside his German worldwide teammate Werner.

Manchester City (4-3-3)

Ederson; Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, John Stones, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne (capt), Bernardo Silva; Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling

Coach: Pep Guardiola (ESP)

Chelsea (3-4-1-2)

Edouard Mendy; Reece James, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger; Cesar Azpilicueta (capt), N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Ben Chilwell; Mason Mount; Timo Werner, Kai Havertz

Coach: Thomas Tuchel (GER)

Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)

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Sterling Starts Champions League Final As Guardiola Goes On The Offensive

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