Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez was indeed aligned by Pep Guardiola for the C1 final this Saturday night against Chelsea.
nchester City and Chelsea face each other tonight in Porto in the Champions League final. For this big meeting, the two coaches have not revolutionized their teams too much. They called on their strong men, with one exception each.
On the side of City, Guardiola still chose to compose without real nine. Gabriel Jesus is therefore replacing and it is the triplet Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden who are aligned at the forefront.
Sterling had not played from the start of the half and his presence relegates Rodri to the bench, as Guardiola made Bernardo Silva retreat in midfield.
Triple scorer in the semi-finals, Mahrez will try to continue his momentum and once again don the costume of the hero. The Algerian has not always been a starter under Pep Guardiola, but the latter could not deprive him of what looks like the event of his career.
In midfield, the Catalan coach called on De Bruyne and Gundogan alongside Bernardo. The German international is the only player among all those present on the pitch to have already played in a C1 final. Behind, it’s a great classic. Stones was preferred to Laporte to accompany Ruben Dias in the axis, while Zinchenko and Walker will occupy the corridors.
Tuchel lines up Reece-James
In the Chelsea camp, Thomas Tuchel reserved a little surprise. The German coach chose to line up Reece-James from the start. The latter was preferred in defense to Andreas Christensen. Antonio Rudiger and Thiago Silva.
N’Golo Kanté, uncertain weather, will be there. He will play in a reinforced environment alongside Chilwell, Jorginho and Apzilicueta. In attack, the two Germans are there, in this case Werner and Havertz, as well as Mason Mount.
City’s starting eleven: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Mahrez, Sterling, Foden.
Chelsea’s eleven: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger, James, Jorginho, Kanté, Chilwell, Mount, Havertz, Werner.