Man City vs Sporting LIVE: Champions League team news and lineups ahead of fixture tonight



Man City‘s connection with Portugal

Follow live coverage as Manchester City travel to Sporting in the last-16 of the Champions League tonight.

Pep Guardiola’s side are firm favorites to win their fourth Premier League title in five seasons having opened up a nine-point lead at the top but the feeling remains that European success is the one they now really crave. For all their brilliance domestically, the Champions League trophy continues to elude them, with last season’s runners-up finish their best effort. Guardiola insists on being continually asked about this does not bother him.

“You can ask whatever, as many times as you want,” the Spaniard said. “Does it bother me? Not because it means we are here in the Champions League. It’s an honor and a pleasure to travel to Portugal to try to compete well and try to win the game.”

For Sporting, the build-up to the game has been overshadowed by the fall-out from the chaotic and controversial clash with title rivals Porto on Friday. Four players were sent off in a fiery 2-2 draw that ended in a mass brawl involving players and staff from both clubs. Follow all the latest updates and analysis here:

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Well what a match we have on our hands with those two line-ups!

It is set to be a cracker with Pep Guardiola’s side listed as the favourites. But Sporting are capable of beating the Premier League holders.

In 2011, the last and only time City have played Sporting, the Portuguese club progressed to the quarter-finals of the Europa League due to away goals after the two legs ended 3-3.

So while it may be an unlikely outcome, Sporting could cause an upset.

Sarah Rendell15 February 2022 19:01

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Sporting Lisbon v Man City – Confirmed line-ups

Guardiola has picked: Ederson, Stones, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Mahrez, Foden, Sterling.

And Sporting have announced their side to try and beat last year’s finalists.

They line-up as a 3-4-3: Adán, Feddal, Coates, Inácio, Reis, Nunes, Palhinha, Porro, Gonçalves, Paulinho, Sarabia.

Significantly for the club they have Pote Gonçalves in their ranks. The star was an injury doubt ahead of the match but will start for his side.

Sarah Rendell15 February 2022 18:48

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While we hotly anticipate the team news, which should be dropping shortly, here’s a look at who isn’t featuring this evening.

Sporting may be without Pote as he missed their match against Porto on Friday. But that is the only major doubt for the hosts this evening.

Meanwhile City won’t have Jack Grealish due to injury or Kyle Walker as he is suspended.

Who would you select? We’ll find out who the manager’s have in just a few minutes…

Sarah Rendell15 February 2022 18:46

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Manchester City do have a good record in the Champions League, making the final last season, but they have never got their hands on the trophy.

Pep Guardiola will be hoping this campaign will be the one to see the Sky Blues become champions of Europe. The first team to stand in their way is Sporting Lisbon, who are on a special run.

The Portuguese team haven’t been in the last 16 stage of the competition since the 2008/09 season. So while City may be the favorites heading into the two-leg tie, don’t count out the underdogs.

Team news should be landing shortly and we will find out who will battle it out. stay tuned…

Sarah Rendell15 February 2022 18:41

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Raheem Sterling’s resurgence at Manchester City this season has been a delight to club fans and England supporters. The forward did not have the most consistent campaign in the 20/21 season but he’s put that to bed with him being back to his best.

But while he has been a menace on the field, it has taken him a while to find the back of the net of late.

“That’s not to say he has not been influential in the new year. Far from it. Just last week, he won a penalty that allowed Riyad Mahrez to open the scoring in the victory over Brentford. He was a diligent presence in the most important win over 2022 so far against Chelsea, too, and on 1 January against Arsenal.

“Just as it was at Carrow Road, he played from start to finish in both victories worth the same number of points as this one here, but carried far more jeopardy. Like Kevin De Bruyne, he could have spent the game on the bench against Norwich and, with all due respect, Manchester City would have still won comfortably.”

Will he feature on tonight’s team sheet? We will find out shortly but for now read the full piece on Sterling:

Sarah Rendell15 February 2022 18:36

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There won’t be any love lost once the match gets underway but Sporting boss Ruben Amorim has shared his admiration for City manager Pep Guardiola in the build-up to their last 16 clash.

“My manager reference has always been (Jose) Mourinho, but Guardiola is, in my opinion, the best coach in the world today,” said Amorim.

“Manchester City are the best team in technical and tactical terms. Sporting are very structured, not very flexible, but Guardiola is the opposite and has a huge flexibility.

“It’s like I’m in elementary school and he’s in higher education. He is a reference for all managers.”

We will see if that managerial excellence comes out in this match in just over an hour.

Sarah Rendell15 February 2022 18:30

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Sporting Lisbon vs Man City: Team news

Pote is the big doubt for Sporting after he missed the draw with Porto on Friday night. He has been a key player this term and is likely to come straight back into the side if recovered, even if a full game is beyond him. Domestic suspensions don’t count in Europe, which is just as well as Sporting had three sent-off against their rivals.

Jamie Braidwood15 February 2022 18:26

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The Uefa Champions League returns tonight as Manchester City restart their quest to reach another final – and this time, they’ll hope, go one better and win the trophy.

Pep Guardiola’s side first have to overcome Portuguese Primeira Liga champions Sporting CP, who are second in the table after a draw with leaders Porto on Friday.

City are on a 12-match unbeaten streak, 11 of which have been victories, as they seek trophies on three fronts this term.

The Premier League leaders won 4-0 at the weekend against Norwich and were able to rest a few players in the process, as they turn attention to success in Europe.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of tonight’s last-16 first leg.

Jamie Braidwood15 February 2022 18:22

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Good evening!

Hello and welcome to live coverage of Sporting Lisbon vs Manchester City in the Champions League tonight.

Pep Guardiola’s side are firm favorites to win their fourth Premier League title in five seasons having opened up a nine-point lead at the top but the feeling remains that European success is the one they now really crave. For all their brilliance domestically, the Champions League trophy continues to elude them, with last season’s runners-up finish their best effort. Guardiola insists on being continually asked about this does not bother him.

“You can ask whatever, as many times as you want,” the Spaniard said. “Does it bother me? Not because it means we are here in the Champions League. It’s an honor and a pleasure to travel to Portugal to try to compete well and try to win the game.”

For Sporting, the build-up to the game has been overshadowed by the fall-out from the chaotic and controversial clash with title rivals Porto on Friday. Four players were sent off in a fiery 2-2 draw that ended in a mass brawl involving players and staff from both clubs.

Jamie Braidwood15 February 2022 18:17


www.independent.co.uk

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