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How Manchester City could lineup against Chelsea without Sterling, Grealish and Ederson

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Jan 13, 2022 , ,
How Manchester City could lineup against Chelsea without Sterling, Grealish and Ederson

How Manchester City could lineup against Chelsea without Sterling, Grealish, and Ederson…Manchester City still has unnamed players affected with COVID-19, which may likely affect the club lineup match against Chelsea in the EPL Cup match at the Etihad stadium.

In the last match Man City played, Pep Guardiola and seven first-team players were all absent from last Friday’s FA Cup win over Swindon Town, with Fernandinho, Raheem Sterling, Ederson, and Jack Grealish all notable absentees. Phil Foden and Oleksandr Zinchenko are also believed to be among the coronavirus-affected player.

Meanwhile, John Stones is still nursing a knock and Riyad Mahrez is away on Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, duty. Zack Steffen was always expected to get the nod in goal for the FA Cup, so Ederson’s absence could very well have been a tactical decision, and City will hope to have the Brazilian back this weekend.

Kyle Walker and Joao Cancelo are both fit to reprise their roles in defense, while Aymeric Laporte will expect to displace Nathan Ake alongside Ruben Dias in a formidable backline. Rodri was never in any danger of losing his spot to Fernandinho, as former Blue Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan make up Guardiola’s probable midfield trio.

No doubt, Foden is thought to have a strong chance of returning to the squad this weekend and could therefore take his place on the left, as Sterling and Grealish are once again forced to miss out on the match Chelsea on Saturday. Bernardo Silva is a sure-fire starter with Mahrez away on continental duty, as Gabriel Jesus – who bagged the only goal at Stamford Bridge earlier this season – spearheads the charge.

Man City possible starting lineup

Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; Gundogan, Rodri, De Bruyne; B. Silva, Jesus, Foden.