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Manchester City v Copenhagen: Champions League – live

Pep Guardiola speaks, and he’s suggesting that with only 20 players everyone has to play all of the time. “Everybody has to play. They don’t have to show me anything. We know them. If they are here we reply on them.”

He’s also happy to be able to field Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte together for the first time in a while.

This is only Julian Alvarez’s second start of the season. He scored twice on his previous start, in the 6-0 defeat of Nottingham Forest, and this is his first Champions League start.

For Copenhagen, Mat Ryan doesn’t get his chance as Kamil Grabara comes back in aftera facial injury. It looks like a 4-3-3 formation, and Mamoudou Karamoko will perhaps offer more mobility than Cardiff legend Andreas Cornelius.

Pep Guardiola make five changes from the 6-3 derby win. Kyle Walker is out, and may be for a while, Joao Cancelo switches to right-back and Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte and Sergio Gomez make up the back four. Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden are benched after their derby heroics, and in come Alvarez and Mahrez to play off Haaland.

Manchester City: Ederson, Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Gomez, Mahrez, Gundogan (C), Bernardo, Grealish, Alvarez, Haaland Subs: Ortega Moreno, Carson, Ake, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Akanji, Foden, Palmer, Lewis, Wilson-Esbrand

🔵 #UCL Team News 🔵

XI | Ederson, Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Gomez, Mahrez, Gundogan (C), Bernardo, Grealish, Alvarez, Haaland

SUBS | Ortega Moreno, Carson, Ake, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Akanji, Foden, Palmer, Lewis, Wilson-Esbrand#ManCity pic.twitter.com/7me9CPkLq2

— Manchester City (@ManCity) October 5, 2022

Start-11 mod Manchester City giver comeback til Kamil Grabara i målet #fcklive #mcfcfck #ucl pic.twitter.com/8MfNceM1nC

— F.C. København (@FCKobenhavn) October 5, 2022

FC Copenhagen: Grabara, Diks, Vavro, Khocholava, Kristiansen, Stamenic, Larager, Johannesson, Claesson, Daramy, Karamako. Subs: Johnsson, Ryan, Sorensen, Babacar, Cornelius, Mukairu, Jelert, Ankersen, Lund, Haraldsson, Bardghji.

More Haaland hype….will he start? Team news very soon.

“At his age no one can compete with him,” Guardiola said. “The numbers speak for themselves and inside, in the locker room, and on the pitch we see things that are not in the stats that make us feel happy to have him here.”

The question here, as it is now about Manchester City, is how many will Erling Haaland score against his fellow Scandinavians. Will Erling Haaland actually play against his fellow Scandinavians? Perhaps that’s the problem with signing a generational talent; it can overshadow a club as successful as Manchester City, with a manager as generational a talent as Pep Guardiola. Even with a strikeforce shorn of the great young man, City are expected to smash their visitors, who only have a point from their first two matches, a draw with Sevilla. Get this one won, and that has to be the expectation, then City are looking good for the knockouts, taking place after the 2022 World Cup, when everything may look very different. It could be a night when the likes of Haaland and Phil Foden are rested, so a chance to see someone like Julian Alvarez given a proper run could be a lot of fun.

Kick-off is at 8pm, join me.

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