Time to put on your
Sunday Saturday best for this so-called “dress rehearsal” for the Champions League final that actually means much more than that. A Chelsea win means we go third thanks to Leicester City’s loss yesterday, while a City win means they’re confirmed as champions officially as well. (And the fans outside the grounds are celebrating already.)
With both teams dealing with congested schedules and coming off of massive midweek wins in the Champions League, Tuchel and Guardiola have both opted to rotate their squads. Billy Gilmour gets a big opportunity with the start, while Academy kid Tino Livramento makes the bench! City look to be playing a back-three as well.
Here we go!
Manchester City starting lineup (3-4-3):
Ederson | Aké, Laporte, Dias | Mendy, Rodrigo, Torres, Cancelo | Jesus, Aguero, Sterling
Substitutes from: Steffen, Walker, Gundogan, Zinchenko, Bernardo, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Foden, Garcia
Chelsea starting lineup (3-4-3):
Mendy | Rüdiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta (c) | Alonso, Gilmour, Kanté, James | Pulisic, Werner, Ziyech
Substitutes from: Arrizabalaga, Emerson, Livramento, Zouma, Jorginho, Havertz, Hudson-Odoi, Abraham, Giroud
Date / Time: Saturday, May 8, 2021, 17.30 BST; 12:30pm EDT; 10pm IST
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
Referee: Anthony Taylor (on pitch); Jonathan Moss (VAR)
On TV: Sky Sports Main Event (UK); NBC, Universo (USA); Star Sports Select HD1 (India); SuperSport Premier League, Canal+ Sport 3 (NGA); elsewhere
Streaming: Sky Go (UK); NBC Sports Live, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo (USA); Hotstar (India); DStv Now (NGA)
Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes!