World News – GB – City make two changes against Porto

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Nathan Ake is not quite in good shape and is replaced by Eric Garcia, while Ilkay Gundogan arrives for his first campaign start with Phil Foden falling on the bench

Ilkay Gundogan will likely get a more advanced role in midfield with Rodri seated at the back as the top three return to duty after Arsenal win

It remains to be seen if Bernardo will reprise his role against the Gunners, which is to collect deep and move forward – he may be asked to use his energy in a more forward position tonight, but as always, we will wait to see

City started the 2018/10 Champions League group stage with a 2-1 home loss to Lyon and although it was a group we would eventually win, it ultimately made it more difficult

Taking three points in the home opener against Porto will be Pep Guardiola’s minimum requirement

As we have seen this weekend, City are not complete at the moment and have more notable absences this evening, but Arsenal were still sidelined in a 1-0 win hard fought

Pep will always want his team to play and play good football, but to get this season’s Champions League campaign off to a good start, a win of any kind will likely be welcome.

Once we have a full quota of players to choose from, everything changes and the wait levels will increase accordingly

This is City’s tenth campaign in the UEFA Champions League – we’ve been in the group stage every season since 2011/12 and have reached the round of 16 for seven successive campaigns

City have scored 35 goals in the last 13 Champions League games – in the last two seasons our record is W13 D3 L3 with 51 goals scored and 21 conceded

City are unbeaten in eight European home games (W7 D1) since their 2-1 loss to Lyon on Matchday 1 in 2018/19

This is Porto’s 24th Champions League group campaign – fewer than Real Madrid and Barcelona (both 25) The Portuguese team have qualified for the last 16 games in each of their last three group stage appearances

Porto have lost three of their last four matches in the Champions League proper, but are undefeated in nine matches of the group stage of the competition (W7 D2), winning their last four

Sergio Conceição’s side won the club’s eighth domestic double in 2019/20, winning Porto’s 29th league title and a 17th Portuguese Cup

The Portuguese side have not scored in their last seven visits to England, conceding 15 goals, and have never won here Their last trip was a 2-0 loss to Liverpool in the quarter-final first leg 2018/19; a 4-1 home loss in the second leg has earned him a win in Porto’s last seven games against Premier League clubs, at home and away (D1 L5)

Coaches Pep Guardiola and Sérgio Conceição were on opposing sides once in their playing careers, with Internazionale de Conceição recording a 2-1 home win over Pep’s Brescia on April 14, 2002, despite Guardiola’s penalty in First period

City have won their previous two meetings with Porto, winning 2-1 away and 4-0 at home in the Europa League in 2011-12

Since making his Champions League debut for City in September 2015, striker Raheem Sterling has scored 20 goals in the competition – England’s best player, along with Harry Kane

The last team to beat Manchester City in the Champions League group stage was Lyon, in September 2018

This will be Porto’s 21st away game against English opponents in all European competitions They have drawn three but are still looking for their first victory

Champions Portugal haven’t won their group opener in any of their last four Champions League campaigns

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World news – GB – City make two changes against Port


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