MANCITY COACH PEP Guardiola rotated compared to the 4: 1 derby victory against United on equal six positions: instead of Walker (Red-Lock), Joao Cancelo (Sick), de Bruyne, Rodrigo, Mahrez and Grealis (all bank) began Riley (debut in the Champions League), Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Gündogan, Gabriel Jesus and Sterling.
Sportings Trainer Ruben Amorim took five changes against the FC Arouca after 2: 0. Instead of Ricardo Esgaio, Dario Essugo, Matheus Nunes, Ruben Vinagre and Nuno Santos played Luis Neto, Pedro Porro, Ugarte, Tabata and Paulino.
Ugarte in happiness, sterling fails
As expected, the Citizens took over a deeper, with a defensive five-fold chain, partly even hinted into the Sechser Ugarte, the command. But probably in the face of the clear first-leg results, it lacked the Englishman over wide routes at the last pace and playing joke. Clear opportunities were therefore rare.
After Sporting had a little luck in the 9th minute that after heavy shubs of Ugarte against Gabriel Jesus had not been a penalty against Gabriel Jesus in the penalty area, it took until the middle of the first half, before the home owners had the first smaller chances: Luis Neto first clarified In the last second of sterling (23rd), shortly thereafter Adan parished a spacer shot of Foden (24th).
The only clear opportunities of the entire first half – Sporting besides barely appeared on the side of the centerline – had sterling after strong preliminary work of fodes. His puppet attempt was thwarted by Adan (39.), so it went to the halftime.
var prevents Jesus Hits – PEP exchanges goalkeeper
After the side change, the game was more open. Guardiola brought McATEE and Mahrez, which was almost promptly paid. But a goal of Gabriel Jesus (47th) initiated by Algerian (47th) received no recognition due to the short-term deferral of the Brazilian to Var-Check.
In the further course, Sporting also came up. Ranked from the substitute English Edwards, there were also opportunities for the guests. Matheus rice shot from good position just over the gate (73.). Shortly thereafter, the Paulino set by Edwards in Scene Paulino to City Reservekeeper Carson, Guardiola for Ederson had briefly helped a few atmospheres in the royal class (76.). Because Stones and Sterling also lie in the detention time on the other side two opportunities (92., 93.), it remained at the 0: 0 in the ultimately meaningless second leg.
On Mancity is waiting for the next Monday (21 clock) the away game at Crystal Palace. Sporting meets the same evening (21.15 clock) on the FC Morneirense. The draw for the quarterfinals in the Champions League – and also straight for the way to semifinals and finals – will take place on Friday coming week (March 18, 12 o’clock) in Nyon.