PREVIEW: Manchester City v Steaua Bucharest

 
Manchester City already have one foot in the Champions league group stages after a dominant 5-0 victory away in Romania. The commanding lead offers Guardiola a chance to rotate his squad, allowing key players a chance to rest for their game against West Ham United on Sunday afternoon.

Pep has already hinted at giving England international Joe Hart his first competitive game of the season. Hart finds himself behind Willy Caballero, with Guardiola favoring a ball playing goalkeeper.

Yaya Toure may also make a return to the first team, with Guardiola suggesting that he may be in line to start against the Romanian side. New summer signing Leroy Sane could also make his competitive debut, having yet to be included in any of Guardiola’s last three squads.

Kalechi Iheanacho could deputise for Sergio Aguero up front, whilst Nolito, who impressed with his brace after coming off the bench against Stoke last week, could be included from the start.

Unfortunately for City, Bacary Sagna has been ruled out with injury for the tie, whilst Kompany still remains unfit to take part, meaning Guardiola may field the same back four that faced Bucharest in the previous leg.

Tonight should see City progress comfortably to the Champions league group stages, where they will be eagerly awaiting the draw- which will take place on 25 August.

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