MANCHESTER, Sporting Alert – As expected, Sergio Aguero starts for Manchester City in today’s Champions League fixture against Barcelona in Group C at Etihad Stadium.
GOAL UPDATE: Another goal for Gundogan and Manchester City are even further ahead as they now lead Barcelona 3-1.
GOAL UPDATE: Excellent free-kick by Kevin De Bruyne has given Manchester City a 2-1 lead over Barcelona.
GOAL UPDATE: Manchester City are all now level, as a poor pass from Roberto allowed Sterling to find Gundogan, who beats the Barcelona goalkeeper in the 39th minute to make it 1-1. Great game.
GOAL UPDATE: Brilliant counter-attacking goal by Barcelona. Lionel Messi starts it and finished off the play to score his sixth goal against Manchester City. Sergio Aguero had a shot blocked inside the Barca’s box, which fell for Messi, who found Neymar on the left. The Brazilian found a trailing Messi, who intelligently wiggled his way inside the box before beating the goalkeeper in the 21st minute.
City manager Pep Guardiola surprisingly left out his top scorer in the last outing and it backfired, as Barcelona ran rampant inside the Camp Nou en route to a 4-0 victory on Matchday 3.
The former Barca boss hinted that he would have made adjustments for this tie and that he did, as Aguero, fresh off his brace in the win over West Brom in the Premier League at the weekend, will lead the front line.
Willy Caballero also starts in goal for the suspended Claudio Bravo, as Guardiola makes two changes from the side that beat West Brom on Saturday.
Kevin De Bruyne also return to the starting line-up in place of Nolito, who is on the bench alongside captain Vincent Kompany, Fernando, Jesus Navas and Kelechi Iheanacho.
Raheem Sterling, IIkay Gundogan and David Silva all start with advanced roles, with Pablo Zabaleta, Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones starting in the backline.
For Barcelona, Andre Gomes comes into the starting team for former Manchester City midfielder Denis Suarez, while holding midfielder Sergio Busquets replaces Rafinha in the middle of the park.
Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez will be hoping to add to their impressive combined goals tally, with Javier Mascherano, Samuel Umtiti and Ivan Rakitic starting as well.
Manchester City XI: Caballero; Zabaleta, Otamendi, Stones, Kolarov; Gundogan, Fernandinho; Sterling, Silva, De Bruyne; Aguero. Subs: Gunn, Nolito, Navas, Clichy, Kompany, Iheanacho, Fernando
Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen, S Roberto, Umtiti, Digne, Mascherano, A Gomes, Rakitic, Busquets, Suarez, Messi, Neymar. Subs: Cillessen, Denis, Arda, Rafinha, Paco Alcácer, Nili, Marlon