Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Sterling Set to Lead Line in a Strong Blues Team

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Sterling Set to Lead Line in a Strong Blues Team

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IT'S the final game of pre-season before City begin the second successive defence of their Premier League crown, but the game comes against the team who will most likely be challenging them for the title - Liverpool.

The rivalry between the two clubs has been brewing over the last two seasons after their epic Champions League quarter-final in 2018 and last year's remarkable title race.

Now the two most dominant teams in England will face off in the season's curtain raiser of the Community Shield, a game which is usually seen as a friendly could take on much larger significance for the season ahead.

Raheem get the gig - a goal former help Stuart City have a near full squad for the clash, with only Fernandinho who hasn't yet returned from his summer break and the injured Benjamin Mendy unavailable.

The rest of City's international stars - Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez, Nicolas Otamendi and Ederson - all returned to training this week and Pep Guardiola has suggested they could get 'some minutes' at Wembley.

One player Guardiola guaranteed would start is Claudio Bravo, who has impressed after returning from injury in pre-season.

It's unlikely that any of them will start the clash, however, having had such little time on the training field.

This is how our writers think City should line-up at Wembley: ¦ STUART BRENNAN PEP Guardiola has got the right idea - start with the players who have a full pre-season under their belts and then give the late-comers minutes off the bench.

City should still have enough strength to win the game, utilising their greater squad depth.

Raheem Sterling should get the central striker gig - and a goal against his former club might help him going forward.

Rodri starts, with Fernandinho still not back, an the only real contentious point is whether Pep should go for experience in David Silva or nod to the future in Phil Foden - or even reward Ilkay Gundogan for his fine finish to last season. …

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