Man City vs Borussia Dortmund LIVE: Team news, line-ups and more ahead of Champions League fixture tonight


Manchester City host Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League

Manchester City host Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League

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Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City entertain Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League quarter-finals.

The first leg, at the Etihad, will see the Premier League leaders, who are 14 points clear at the top of the table, host the Bundesliga giants, led by Erling Haaland.

The Norwegian phenom has been linked with a move to City this summer, though Guardiola has attempted to dampen talk of a move out of respect for his players. Though tonight offers a chance at redemption, or at least a slice of it, with City still haunted by last season’s quarter-final upset at the hands of Lyon. They enter the game in fine form, with a comfortable 2-0 win at Leicester last time out, with goals from Benjamin Mendy and Gabirel Jesus at the King Power Stadium making it five straight wins in all competitions and four successive clean sheets.

Guardiola remains conscious of the need to rotate his squad to ensure they peak in the closing stages of this tournament, one they covet beyond all others, despite the potential for a quadruple: “I rotate because it is not possible to play every day,” Guardiola told the club website after Saturday’s 2-0 win at Leicester City. “They are human beings, not machines.

“To win all competitions in this year without spectators, when we start later and finish earlier, you cannot be there where we are if you don’t rotate. We don’t have even one midweek off. No player can do that and be ready mentally every game. So, I rotate them. I trust my players so much. They don’t trust me but I trust them with their quality.”

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Prediction

Manchester City will not let anyone – not even Haaland – stand in the way of them taking a lead into the second leg. That being said, it is unlikely they will have a tie-ending advantage come the end of this evening. 3-1 Man City.

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Predicted line-ups

MCI – Ederson; Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Mendy; Fernandinho, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Silva, Sterling, Foden

DOR – Hitz; Can, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro; Delaney, Bellingham, Dahoud; Hazard, Haaland, Reus

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