City field a strong XI for today’s FA Cup Third Round tie with Rotherham United with Kevin De Bruyne taking the armband this afternoon.
Gabriel Jesus and Phil Foden are among eight changes to the side that beat Liverpool on Thursday evening.
Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Stones, Zinchenko, Gundogan, De Bruyne (c) Foden, Mahrez, G Jesus, Sterling
Subs: Muric, Sane, Danilo, Laporte, Sandler. Fernandinho, Bernardo
There’s no reason to believe the Blues won’t play a familiar 4-3-3 formation.
Ilkay Gundogan is likely to take on the midfield anchor role in Fernandinho’s absence with De Bruyne in central midfield alongside Phil Foden, while Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus provide a formidable strike trio.
TEAM v @ManCity | Rodak; Vyner, Ajayi, Robertson, Mattock; Forde, Vaulks, Wiles, Taylor; Williams, Smith.— Rotherham United (@OfficialRUFC) January 6, 2019
SUBS | Price, Wood, Raggett, Jones, Palmer, Newell. #rufc #EmiratesFACup pic.twitter.com/gdtNL8Tg2A
While there are eight changes this afternoon, the strength of today’s side is proof enough that Pep Guardiola wants to win the FA Cup.
Draws against Sheffield United and Swansea B
Rotherham maybe struggling in the Championship near the foot of the table, but they are a very organised and hard-working side.
The Millers play good football and will come to the Etihad and have a go – make no mistake about that – and they have tended to play well this campaign against teams higher in the league.
Draws against Sheffield United and Swansea Birmingham and Middlesbrough prove that they can be dogged and rise to the occasion when needed.
Stats and milestones
City's 2-1 win over Liverpool was Pep Guardiola's 100th victory in all competitions as Blues' boss.
The only previous time Rotherham drew City in the FA Cup was in 1978/79 when the Millers pulled off a shock 0-0 draw at Maine Road before City won the return at Millmoor 4-2.
Club links include former players Shaun Goater, Gerry Gow and Nigel Johnson plus Millers' ex-EDS striker Devante Cole.