City make six changes for this evening’s Champions League Round of 16 second leg tie with FC Basel
City make six changes for this evening’s Champions League Round of 16 second leg tie with FC Basel.
David Silva and Vincent Kompany are rested and not in the 18.
Team: Bravo, Danilo, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko, Yaya Toure (c), Gundogan, Sane, G Jesus, Foden, Bernardo
Subs: Ederson, Otamendi, Aguero, De Bruyne, Diaz, Walker, Adarabioyo
FC Basel XI:
City will adopt a familiar 4-3-3 formation with Gabriel Jesus making his first start since injuring his knee on New Year’s Eve against Crystal Palace.
It’s almost four months since the Brazil star scored for the Blues and he will look to this evening as a chance to kick-start his season again and add to the 10 goals he already has this campaign.
Aymeric Laporte will have another chance to get minutes under his belt as he settles into life in England and John Stones will make only his second start in 10 games.
Foden’s chance to shine
Phil Foden will have the opportunity of showcasing his talent this evening against Basel.
The young England star makes his third start for the Blues and will look to further impress Pep Guardiola.
Expect to see the teenager more and more in the final weeks of the season.
Facts and stats
City may be one of the best football sides in Europe this season, but the Blues surprisingly top a set-piece list – with one third of our goals in the Champions League this season scored from corners!
The Blues are unbeaten in 12 Champions League games at the Etihad.
City’s top scorers in the competition so far as Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero (4 goals each) and John Stones with three.
Basel would become the first team to overturn a 4-0 home defeat in the UCL if they manage to achieve