Following a comfortable victory against Burnley in the Premier League, Manchester City will have to shift their focus to the Champions League as they will encounter Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the quarterfinals on Tuesday night.
The Citizens came away victorious by 2-0 against the Clarets last weekend courtesy of the contributions from Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan. Following this result, Pep Guardiola’s side kept the top spot in the league as they are currently at the summit with 73 points in 30 games.
Meanwhile, the Spanish giants will be coming into this game off the back of a crucial victory against Deportivo Alavés in La Liga. Diego Simeone’s side emerged victorious by 4-1 thanks to the braces from Joao Felix and Luis Suarez.
The Citizens have reached the quarterfinals of this competition after overcoming the challenge of Sporting CP in the round of 16 stages. On the other hand, the Rojiblancos defeated the other Manchester club in the previous round.
This will be the first meeting between these two sides in the European competition. However, the respective two managers have already met three times previously when they met each other. Guardiola won twice and Simeone got the last laugh once.
Manchester City’s recent form in all competitions: W-D-D-W-W
Atletico Madrid’s recent form in all competitions: W-W-W-W-W
Manchester City vs Atletico Madrid team news:
John Stones should return to the starting eleven after remaining an unused substitute against Burnley due to injury concerns. Kyle Walker will be suspended for this encounter, while Ruben Dias will remain sidelined due to injury issues. Apart from that Guardiola will have a full squad to choose from in this encounter.
Manchester City’s predicted line-up against Atletico Madrid(4-3-3):
Ederson; Joao Cancelo, John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Rodrigo Hernández, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva; Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez
Jose Maria Giménez is in doubt ahead of this encounter after sustaining a knock in the last game against Alavés. Yannick Carrasco is another player who will miss out on this game due to suspension.
Atletico Madrid predicted line-up against Manchester City(3-5-2):
Jan Oblak; Sime Vrsaljko, Stefan Savic, Jose Maria Giménez, Reinildo, Renan Lodi; Koke, Rodrigo De Paul, Marcos Llorente; Antoine Griezmann, Joao Felix
Manchester City 2-1 Atletico Madrid