June 21, 2021

LIVE: Manchester City vs Porto

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The last time these two sides met was in another European tie, in the 2011-12 Europa League. In that instance, City won on both occasions, by a 6-1 aggregate margin. Can Porto score a spot of belated revenge here?

Subs: Diogo Leite, Mamadou Loum, Mehdi Taremi, Shoya Nakajima, Marko Grujic, Wilson Manafa, Romario Baro, Felipe Anderson, Toni Martinez, Evanilson, Nanu, Diogo Costa.

PORTO (3-4-2-1): Agustin Marchesin; Chancel Mbemba, Pepe, Malang Sarr; Jesus Corona, Sergio Oliveira, Mateus Uribe, Zaidu Sanusi; Fabio Vieira, Luis Diaz; Moussa Marega.

Subs: John Stones, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Zack Steffen, Ferran Torres, Fernandinho, Scott Carson, Phil Foden, Felix Nmecha, Tommy Doyle, Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Cole Palmer, Adrian Bernabe.

MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Ederson; Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Eric Garcia, Joao Cancelo; Bernardo Silva, Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan; Riyad Mahrez, Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling.

There may be no Kevin De Bruyne, Aymeric Laporte, Benjamin Mendy or Gabriel Jesus for Guardiola tonight, but his City side isn’t short of firepower, with Sergio Aguero leading a promising attack on paper. Porto meanwhile have left Mehdi Taremi and Shoya Nakajima on the bench, but they have keys of their own to unlock the opposition defence if they can.

Unlike their hosts, Sergio Conceicao’s Dragons have enjoyed a more illustrious affiliation with this tournament, having won the trophy in 2004 following a remarkable underdog run to the final. They were famously coached by one Jose Mourinho then, and defeated a Monaco side coached by Didier Deschamps – but much as City in recent years, they’ve been no further than the last eight, most recently in 2019 when they fell to eventual champions Liverpool.

It’s been just under a decade since the Blues first found themselves above the upper echelon’s of the continent’s best sides, and four years since two-time winner Pep Guardiola arrived at the helm. Yet in that time, the Spaniard has never been able to better their best result, achieved in 2015-16 when they reached the semi-finals. Instead, he’s guided them no further than the quarter-finals. Can he break his own curse this term?

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League, as Premier League heavyweights Manchester City kick off their latest pursuit of European success against Primeira Liga title holders Porto at the Etihad Stadium.