FC Copenhagen vs Manchester City LIVE: Champions League team news and line-ups with Erling Haaland on the bench

Can’t compare Haaland to Messi – Pep

Manchester City can qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League if they defeat FC Copenhagen this evening. Pep Guardiola’s men currently sit top of Group G with a perfect record of three wins from three games and if they make it four from four, they will guarantee a spot in the next round of the competition.

City are in terrific form and come into the game having swept Southampton aside 4-0 on Saturday yet Guardiola will have one eye on the future. His team play nine matches (including tonight’s game) in the next month and if they can qualify for the Champions League last-16 tonight the final two group games will provide opportunities to rest and rotate players.

The odds are certainly in their favour after their last performance in this competition was a dominant one-sided affair against tonight’s opponents. It ended in a 5-0 thrashing at the Etihad last Wednesday when Erling Haaland continued his impeccable form with two goals before Julian Alvarez and the struggling Riyad Mahrez also found the back of the net after Davit Khocholava’s own goal.

Follow all the action as Manchester City travel to Denmark to face FC Copenhagen in the Champions League:

Copenhagen vs Man City

Kick off is 5.45pm in DenmarkCity are top of Group G and will qualify for last-16 with victoryErling Haaland on the bench as Pep Guardiola rotates his side Copenhagen: Grabara, Jelert, Lund, Boilesen, Khocholava, Kristiensen, Stamenic, Lerager, Claesson, Daramy, HaraldssonMan City: Ederson; Cancelo, Akanji, Laporte, Gomez; Rodri, De Bruyne, Gundogan; Mahrez, Alvarez, GrealishShow latest update


Copenhagen vs Man City team changes

Copenhagen make four changes to the side that lost 5-0 against Manchester City at the Etihad stadium last week. Elias Jelert, Nicolai Boilesen, Valdemar Lund and Hakon Arnar Haraldsson all come into the starting line-up.

Pep Guardiola swaps out quite a few of the personnel from City’s win over Southampton at the weekend. Aymeric Laporte and Sergio Gomez join the defensive line with Ilkay Gundogan joining Rodri and Kevin De Bruyne in midfield. Up top Riyad Mahrez keeps his place but there is no room for Phil Foden or Erling Haaland as Julian Alvarez and Jack Grealish come in.

Michael Jones11 October 2022 16:40


Copenhagen vs Man City confirmed line-ups

Copenhagen XI: Grabara, Jelert, Lund, Boilesen, Khocholava, Kristiensen, Stamenic, Lerager, Claesson, Daramy, Haraldsson

Man City XI: Ederson, Cancelo, Akanji, Laporte, Gomez, Gundogan, Rodri, De Bruyen, Mahrez, Alvarez, Grealish

Michael Jones11 October 2022 16:35


Copenhagen vs Man City: Team news

Manchester City: Ederson; Cancelo, Akanji, Laporte, Gomez; Rodri, De Bruyne, Gundogan; Mahrez, Alvarez, Grealish

Subs: Ortega Moreno, Carson, Dias, Ake, Haaland, Bernardo, Foden, Palmer, Lewis, Wilson-Esbrand

Jamie Braidwood11 October 2022 16:34


Pep Guardiola coy on whether Erling Haaland will be rested against FC Copenhagen

Pep Guardiola has given no clue as to whether he might rest star striker Erling Haaland in Manchester City’s Champions League clash at FC Copenhagen.

City thrashed the Danish champions 5-0, with Haaland scoring twice, in a one-sided encounter at the Etihad Stadium last week. Guardiola’s side can secure a place in the last 16 with victory in the return fixture at the Parken Stadium on Tuesday.

Yet with a trip to Liverpool to prepare for at the weekend, the City manager could be tempted to rotate his squad.

Michael Jones11 October 2022 16:33


Guardiola on rotating his squad

Pep Guardiola says he will decide whether to rest players ahead of tonight’s Champions League fixture against FC Copenhagen and wouldn’t say whethe or not Erling Haaland would start once again.

“I am going to decide what is the team selection,” said the City manager, “I have to speak with the players, physios and doctors and decide what is the best, then we will see.

“It’s true that in the last 25-30 minutes when games are tight, that is when fatigue and the risk of injuries rises. But lately we were lucky to score goals in the first half and at the beginning of the second, then after we can rotate.

“But it’s not just to rest players for fatigue but to involve everyone. I like it when everyone can be involved in the team and play as best as possible and reach the best level.”

Michael Jones11 October 2022 16:28


Early team news and predicted line-ups

FC Copenhagen’s Akinkunmi Amoo and Zeca miss out again through injury, but the hosts will welcome back Kevin Diks and Victor Kristiansen. The Danish side are waiting on the fitness of Mamoudou Karamoko.

Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips remain out for Manchester City with John Stones likely to sit this one out due to a hamstring problem.

If Guardiola rotates ahead of Liverpool on Sunday, expect to see Jack Grealish, Sergio Gomez and Ilkay Gundogan start.

Copenhagen XI: Grabara; Diks, Vavro, Khocholava, Kristiansen; Stamenic, Lerager, Claesson; Johannesson, Karamoko, Daramy

Man City XI: Ederson; Cancelo, Dias, Ake, Gomez; Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Grealish, Haaland, Foden

Michael Jones11 October 2022 16:24


De Bruyne flourishing for City

Before the start of the season Manchester City were hoping that Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne could create a killer partnership with the Norwegian striker finishing off chances created by the Beligan midfielder.

Haaland’s goalscoring record speaks for itself but equally impressive are De Bruyne’s assist stats. The Belgian has already registered 11 assists across all competitions in 2022/23, just three short of his overall tally last campaign.

De Bruyne has made at least one assist in each of his last six appearances in all competitions, setting up eight goals overall in that time.

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Michael Jones11 October 2022 16:18


Pep Guardiola hails sharp-shooting Manchester City after hammering Southampton

Pep Guardiola felt Manchester City’s comfortable victory over Southampton showed further signs the champions are clicking into gear.

City cruised past the struggling Saints 4-0 with Erling Haaland again on the scoresheet at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, underlining their considerable strength as they chase a third successive Premier League title.

The victory was not as eye-catching as last week’s stunning 6-3 derby demolition of Manchester United but Guardiola, as after the 5-0 Champions League win over FC Copenhagen, was far more satisfied with the control exerted.

The City manager said: “We are scoring a lot of goals and in the last two games we didn’t concede one shot.”

Michael Jones11 October 2022 16:12


Group G standings

Manchester City are cruising through the Champions League group stages having collected a perfect nine points from their opening three matches.

They sit top of Group G three points clear of Borussia Dortmund and are one win away from securing a spot in the knockout stages with two games remaining after tonight’s fixture against FC Copenhagen.

City have scored 11 goals across those three matches and have only conceded once – against Dortmund on matchday two.

Pep Guardiola’s side play nine matches between now and the start of the World Cup in November so if they can sow up qualification tonight the final two group stages matches will provide the boss with the opportunity to rest key players in his squad.

Michael Jones11 October 2022 16:06


FC Copenhagen vs Manchester City

Hello and welcome to The Independent’s coverage of tonight’s Champions League action.

First up at 5.45pm Manchester City travel to Denmark to take on FC Copenhagen knowing that victory will secure them a spot in the round of 16. Pep Guardiola’s men hammered Copenhagen 5-0 last week when the Danish side came to the Etihad and the City boss will be hoping for a similarly one-sided affair tonight.

Following the conclusion of this game our focus will move to Glasgow where Celtic host RB Leipzig for an 8pm kick off. The Hoops are bottom of their group after three matches but have put in a few encouraging performances that will give Ange Postecoglou hope that his side can get something out of tonight’s game. They currently have one point from nine but a victory tonight will blow the group wide open and with Shakhtar Donetsk still to visit Celtic Park it could give the Scottish side some impetus to their Champions League campaign.

Michael Jones11 October 2022 15:58

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