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Opposition Watch: Manchester City

Ahead of our Champions League final against Manchester City tomorrow, we take a closer look at our opponents and which players we should watch out for in the City squad.

This won’t be the first time we have faced the newly-crowned Premier League champions in a cup game, having recently knocked them out in the semi-finals of the FA Cup at Wembley.

Recent form

Pep Guardiola’s men clinched their third league title in four seasons recently, remaining consistent in the Premier League by only losing six games all campaign.

They picked up their first trophy of the term in April by becoming Carabao Cup champions for the fourth season in a row, beating Tottenham 1-0 at Wembley. Before losing to Manchester United in early March, City had won 21 consecutive games.

In the Champions League, they have managed to reach the final for the first time in the club’s history and Guardiola’s first in 10 years. On their run to the final, they have conceded just three goals while facing some of the best attackers in the world against Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-final and Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-final.

Key player

New signing Ruben Dias has been one of City’s best players all season and has changed the way the side has defended in big games.

The 24-year-old has helped the Citizens to become a stronger defensive unit and their toughness at the back showed when facing European hotshots such as Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland in the knockout rounds.

One to watch

Phil Foden this season has emerged as one of Guardiola’s most-trusted players and his performances so far in Europe and in the Premier League makes him a player that the Blues have to look out for.

The 20-year-old is having arguably his best season of his young career and is contributing plenty of attacking returns for the Manchester side, often keeping Raheem Sterling out of the starting line-up.

So far this term, he has scored 16 goals and picked 10 assists already in all competitions. After his goal against Brighton & Hove Albion, he became the highest goalscorer for the Spanish boss under the age of 21.

Any injury news?

Guardiola has a full squad to choose from, with Ilkay Gundogan passed match fit. Sergio Aguero is also in contention to feature for the final time before departing this summer.