The quarter-finals of this season’s Champions League begins today as Manchester City host Borussia Dortmund at the Etihad Stadium.
Guardiola will be hoping that City can translate their impressive performances in the Premier League into tonight’s encounter, and will deem themselves “fortunate” not to have their former youngster, Jadon Sancho, playing against them.
Sancho was sold to Borussia Dortmund for €9m (£8m/$10m) in the summer of 2017 after he was deemed surplus to requirement by Guardiola and City.
The player has since become an icon for the Yellow and Blacks and was the subject of interest for several big clubs in the summer transfer window particularly Manchester United.
Today’s encounter would have been the first time he would have played against his old side, but he has been ruled with a thigh injury alongside Axel Witsel, Zagadou and Moukoko.
Preview: Team news and likely XI
Dortmund might be without Sancho and other stars for tonight’s encounter but they still have enough fire power to hurt City.
Erling Haaland who has been linked with a move to Manchester City is having an incredible run in the Champions League this season and would be a great threat to the City defense.
Manchester City on the other side of the coin have no injury or disciplinary concerns for this game and will field a strong lineup for the game.
This is how we think both teams will line up for the tonight’s encounter.
Man. City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Rúben Dias, Cancelo; Rodri, Gündoğan; Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Foden; De Bruyne
Misses next match if booked: Fernandinho, João Cancelo
Dortmund: Hitz; Can, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro; Delaney, Bellingham, Dahoud; Hazard, Reus; Haaland
Out: Moukoko (foot), Sancho (thigh), Schmelzer (knee), Witsel (Achilles), Zagadou (knee)
Misses next match if booked: Haaland
Manchester City have won seven of their last eight matches in the UEFA Champions League. The Cityzens have managed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last seven games in the competition.
Borussia Dortmund are unbeaten in their last seven games in the Champions League. The German giants have netted at least two goals in six of those seven matches.
Manchester City are without a win in their two competitive fixtures against Borussia Dortmund, drawing one and losing one during the group stages of the 2012/13 Champions League.
This is Borussia Dortmund’s first quarter-finals appearance in the UEFA Champions League since the 2016/17 season when they lost 6-3 on aggregate to AS Monaco.
Manchester City have lost four of their five matches at the quarter-finals stages of the Champions League under Pep Guardiola. They have been eliminated at this stage in each of the last three seasons