Manchester City begin their defence of their UEFA Champions League crown with the commencement of the 2023/24 group stage against Red Star Belgrade.
Pep Guardiola’s side have maintained a 100 per cent winning record in the Premier League, and will look to transfer their fine form during the opening weeks of the domestic campaign into European competition.
Manchester City’s most recent victory saw the club overcome a challenging first-half against West Ham at the London Stadium, having fallen behind to David Moyes’ side thanks to a James Ward-Prowse diving header.
The desired response, inspired by a sensational individual strike from Jeremy Doku, saw Bernardo Silva and Erling Haaland bring home the three points to the Etihad, heading into yet another busy week for Pep Guardiola and his players.
Guardiola returned to Manchester City training ground duties and touchline action on last week, having spent time away from the club recovering from emergency surgery on a back problem in Barcelona.
City continue to be without a number of key first-team players for the visit of Crvena zvezda on Tuesday night, as Kevin De Bruyne – who is ruled out for the remainder of the calendar year – is joined by Mateo Kovacic, Jack Grealish, and John Stones on the treatment table.
Ahead of kick-off at the Etihad Stadium in the UEFA Champions League, Pep Guardiola and Barak Bakhar have now confirmed their respective Manchester City and Red Star Belgrade starting line-ups!
Starting XI: Ederson, Walker (C), Dias, Ake, Gomez, Rodrigo, Bernardo, Nunes, Foden, Alvarez, Haaland.
Substitutes: Ortega Moreno, Carson, Phillips, Doku, Gvardiol, Akanji, Bobb, Lewis.
Red Star Belgrade
Starting XI: TBC