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Manchester City play host to Club Brugge in their first reverse fixture of the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League season.
Manchester City put five past the Belgian champions away from home and will be aiming for another convincing win tonight in only their second-ever meeting.
Club Brugge, on the other hand, will be hoping to pile pressure on last season’s runners-up with a win that would take them above Manchester City in the table.
Only three points separate first and third in Group A and for that reason City boss Guardiola has dubbed it the biggest game of City’s week – a week which includes a Manchester derby.
“It’s much more important this game than the United game,” Pep said at yesterday’s pre-match press conference.
“This game would be an incredible step towards qualifying for the Champions League last 16 while in the Premier League, there are many games – here [there are] just six with three left.
“They are decisive. Games three and four are the most important and you have to take them seriously to make a step forward in our qualification.
“Of course. Brugge are going to adjust – the manager [Philippe Clement] saw the game [in Belgium]. They will punish us and we have to get better.
“It will be a completely different game tomorrow.”
Ferran Torres is Manchester City’s only long-term injury worry and he will miss the game as a result.
Club Brugge have no injury worries and have brought a 21-man squad with them to Manchester.
Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; Rodri, Gundogan (C), Bernardo; Mahrez, Foden, Grealish.
Subs: Steffen, Carson, Dias, Ake, Sterling, Jesus, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Palmer.
Club Brugge (5-3-2): Mignolet; Mata, Hendry, Mechele, Nsoki, Sobol; Rits, Vormer (C), Vanaken; Lang, De Ketelaere.
Subs: Lammons, Shinton, Ricca, Maouassa, Van Der Brempt, Mbamba, Dost, Wesley, Sowah, Izquierdo.
Manchester City 1/12
Club Brugge 22/1
Where To Watch
The match will kick-off at 8 pm and will be available to watch on both BT Sport 3 and LiveScore.