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Brugge vs Man City LIVE: Champions League team news, line-ups and more tonight


<p>Club Brugge's Krepin Diatta arrives at the stadium</p>

Club Brugge’s Krepin Diatta arrives at the stadium

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Manchester City are in Belgium this evening to take on Club Brugge in the Champions League. City sit third in Group A with three points from their opening two games, having thrashed RB Leipzig before being beaten by Paris Saint-Germain, and Pep Guardiola will be urging his team to earn another win here before the group stage’s midway point.

Brugge are second after drawing with PSG before beating Leipzig, and they are proving the surprise package of the group so far. The reigning Pro League champions are currently second in the Belgian table on goal difference behind Union Saint-Gilloise, and manager Philippe Clement can be pleased with a strong start to the season.

Asked if two-time Champions League winner Guardiola was an inspiration to him, Clement said at his pre-match press conference: “Of course he is. I have already indicated as much in many interviews. I like the way he makes his teams play and has done at different clubs. Maybe at some other point I will talk to him and I will also talk to him privately after the game.” Follow all the action below, live.

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Team changes – Club Brugge vs Man City

Club Brugge boss, Philippe Clement, names an unchanged side to the one that defeated RB Leipzig 2-1 back in September. Hans Vanaken captains the team with Charles De Ketelaere leading the line.

Pep Guardiola only makes one change to his starting XI that face PSG on matchday two. Phil Foden comes in to replace Raheem Sterling. However there are four players returning after missing the game or starting on the bench against Burnley at the weekend. Those being: Ederson, Ruben Dias, Kyle Walker and Jack Grealish.

Michael Jones19 October 2021 16:39

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Line-ups – Club Brugge vs Man City

Club Brugge XI: Mignolet, Sobol, Balanta, Nsoki, Hendry, Lang, Sowah, Vanaken, Rits, Clinton Mata, De Ketelaere

Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Joao Cancelo; Bernardo Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Grealish, Foden

Michael Jones19 October 2021 16:27

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Last time out

Manchester City were beaten in matchday two of this season’s Champions League when they travelled to Paris to take on PSG. Idrissa Gueye opened the scoring inside of 10 minutes and City weren’t able to respond despite having more possession and 18 shots at goal. Lionel Messi then sealed the points with a 74th minute strike to leave Pep Guardiola’s side third in Group A and needing to win this evening.

Just above them in the group are their opponents tonight: Club Brugge. The Belgian side drew their opening fixture 1-1 with PSG before coming from behind to seal a 2-1 victory over RB Leipzig last time out. Hans Vanaken cancelled out Christopher Nkunku’s opener before Mats Rits added a second just before half-time.

Michael Jones19 October 2021 16:24

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Early team news – Club Brugge vs Man City

Brazilian duo Ederson and Gabriel Jesus, who both missed Saturday’s 2-0 win over Burnley, are in contention to start for Manchester City after flying direct to Belgium from South America after last Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Uruguay.

Ilkay Gundogan and Oleksandr Zinchenko have returned from injuries but Ferran Torres is absent after being injured on international duty last week.

Jack Grealish, Ruben Dias and Kyle Walker are expected to return to the line-up after starting Saturday’s match against Burnley on the bench, with Raheem Sterling and John Stones dropping out.

Michael Jones19 October 2021 16:16

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Club Brugge vs Man City

Manchester City are in Belgium this evening to take on Club Brugge in the Champions League. City sit third in Group A with three points from their opening two games, having thrashed RB Leipzig before being beaten by Paris Saint-Germain, and Pep Guardiola will be urging his team to earn another win here before the group stage’s midway point.

Brugge are second after drawing with PSG before beating Leipzig, and they are proving the surprise package of the group so far. The reigning Pro League champions are currently second in the Belgian table on goal difference behind Union Saint-Gilloise, and manager Philippe Clement can be pleased with a strong start to the season.

Asked if two-time Champions League winner Guardiola was an inspiration to him, Clement said at his pre-match press conference: “Of course he is. I have already indicated as much in many interviews. I like the way he makes his teams play and has done at different clubs. Maybe at some other point I will talk to him and I will also talk to him privately after the game.”

Michael Jones19 October 2021 15:14



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