Manchester City fans here in the Tavern are delighted with the manner in which their side has paved the way for success this season, as a European triumph is very much the main aim for Pep Guardiola.
The Citizens have been a dominant force so far this season in the Champions League, with their only loss in this competition coming against Shakhtar Donetsk, after fielding a weakened side. But, this clearly didn’t have any effect on their round of 16 first-leg encounter with FC Basel, as Guardiola’s side inflicted a 4-0 defeat on the Swiss outfit with the next round now very much in sight.
Of course, having returned to England with a four-goal lead under their belt in preparation for the second-leg, this gives the Manchester City chief an opportunity to give some of the youngsters a chance. Indeed, this wouldn’t be the first time that the Spaniard has opted to do so this season, after gifting a few academy prodigies some valuable game time in their final group match against Shakhtar Donetsk.
Therefore, with a pretty impossible task facing the away side for the clash at the Etihad tonight, here’s a look at TWO players who deserve a chance to feature for the Citizens…
The World Cup-winning hero has enjoyed the breakthrough season in his Manchester City career, as well as establishing himself as one of England’s most exciting prospects.
Indeed, the 17-year-old made his full debut for the Citizens in their last group match, which broke a Champions League record for the youngest ever Englishman to start a match, as his performances at youth level haven’t gone unnoticed by Pep Guardiola.
Therefore, with the tie already looking too far out of reach for Basel, Phil Foden deserves a shot at displaying his talents on the European stage once again. Although, he already appears to be an established member of the first-team, after being an unused substitute in the first-leg.
The 34-year-old veteran has very much stepped into the shadow of summer signing Ederson, as the Chilean continues to make the most of his back-up role that’s mainly provided him with opportunities in cup competitions.
Indeed, after failing to make any appearances in the Champions League so far this campaign, the shot-stopper is itching for a chance to prove his worth on the European stage. And, after our local residents had witnessed the heroics of the ‘keeper in domestic cup competitions so far this season, they believe that the penalty expert deserves some recognition.
Therefore, goalkeeper Ederson can receive some well-earned rest for the second-leg encounter, as Claudio Bravo deserves the opportunity to put in a classy performance in front of a world audience.