Sane axed in Guardiola 4-2-3-1: Manchester City best possible XI to face Celtic
COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Leroy Sane should be axed from Manchester City’s squad for the Champions League clash against Celtic on Tuesday evening at the Etihad Stadium.
The 20-year-old summer signing has made 10 appearances this season, but with just two assists to his name it has not been good enough for the club’s high standards.
This should see Raheem Sterling return to the line-up for the German winger, who missed the previous fixture against Chelsea having only recently returned from an injury.
The 21-year-old England international has been far more productive under Pep Guardiola this season with seven assists and five goals in 19 encounters.
Manager Guardiola must enforce one other change to his line-up which suffered a 3-1 defeat against the Blues on Saturday.
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The more defensively assured Bacary Sagna should return to the team in the right-back role with Jesus Navas moving out of the side.
Sergio Aguero must keep his place at the top of the line for City, despite his red card on Saturday.
The Manchester outfit still haven’t secured their qualification through their Champions League group and the Argentina international’s goals are vital to the City team.
He should be backed up by attacking midfield three Sterling, David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne, who will pose huge problems to a relatively weak Celtic back four.
Defensive midfielders Fernandinho and Ilkay Gundogan will allow the attacks more freedom and they will look to break down the Hoops’ attacks.
Behind them will see Sagna, John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi and Aleksandar Kolarov, who will be fully aware of the threat posed from Celtic star forward Moussa Dembele.
Meanwhile, questionable goalkeeper Claudio Bravo will keep his position between the sticks, as Guardiola’s only other option is Willy Caballero, who is well below the quality needed.
City were held to a 3-3 draw by Celtic earlier in the competition, but the Hoops have already been eliminated and may not put up as much of a fight at the Etihad.
In other Manchester City, Michael Owen has delivered his verdict on the Premier League title.