Kyle Walker was chosen in Manchester City’s starting line – up for the second leg of the Champions League semi final against Real Madrid on Wednesday evening..
The 31-year-old has skipped the final 5 games as a result of an ankle injury, but he trained with the first team squad on Tuesday and Pep Guardiola has chose to hand the experienced defender a beginning in the start at the Santiago Bernabeu.
After missing the thrilling 4-3 first leg victory at the Etihad Stadium last week as a result of suspension, Joao Cancelo also comes back to the first XI and also will perform at left back, while Ruben Dias and also Aymeric Laporte keep their places at centre back..
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XI | Ederson, Walker, Dias (C), Laporte, Cancelo, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Mahrez, Jesus, Foden
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Both Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva started on the substitutes ‘bench for last weekend’s 4-0 Premier League victory over Leeds United, but the playmakers are going to go back to the starting line – up tonight and join Rodri in centre midfield.
Riyad Mahrez was restrained at the weekend, but the Algerian will begin on the right flank against Real Madrid, joining Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus in attack, the latter of whom has scored 7 goals in his previous 6 games across all competitions.Nathan Ake, Ilkay Gundogan, Jack Grealish and Raheem Sterling, who started all against Leeds, were slashed to the bench, joining the likes of Fernandinho who celebrates his 37th birthday today.