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Pep Guardiola, who turned 52 yesterday and wishes you a belated happy birthday, speaks to Sky Sports. “Even if we won at Old Trafford, this would be significant. Last season we dropped six points against Spurs. Rico Lewis has played really well, he reads the positions, and that’s why he is selected. It’s a big responsibility, and he’ll be up against Son, Kulusevski, and Kane, but he’s the best option tonight. We have some play patterns that we need to rekindle. The solution is not to do something that we have not done in seven years, because we have won four Premier Leagues in five years. If I think we should do something different, I would be stupid, because it works! So you’ll have to try again. You forget from time to time. It’s up to me to figure out the patterns!”
Manchester City make five changes to the team that started the 2-1 derby loss to Manchester United. Julian Alvaraez makes his first Premier League start for City. He’s in along with Rico Lewis, John Stones, Ilkay Gundogan and Jack Grealish. Kyle Walker, Joao Cancelo, Bernardo Silva, Kevin de Bruyne, and Phil Foden all drop to the bench.
Tottenham Hotspur are also coming off a derby defeat, this time to Arsenal, who defeated them 2-0. Ivan Perisic, Rodrigo Bentancur, Ben Davies, and Emerson Royal return to the starting lineup, while Clement Lenglet, Ryan Sessegnon, Pape Matar Sarr, and Matt Doherty are on the bench.
Ederson, Lewis, Stones, Akanji, Ake, Rodrigo, Gundogan, Grealish, Mahrez, Alvarez, and Haaland for Manchester City.
Ortega Moreno, Walker, Dias, Phillips, Cancelo, Laporte, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Foden are the substitutes.
Tottenham Hotspur’s starting lineup is as follows: Lloris, Emerson, Dier, Romero, Davies, Hojbjerg, Perisic, Bentancur, Son, Kane, and Kulusevski.
Forster, Sanchez, Doherty, Sessegnon, Tanganga, Matar Sarr, Lenglet, Bissouma, Richarlison are the substitutes.
TEAM NEWS | Ederson, Lewis, Stones, Akanji, Ake, Rodrigo, Gundogan (C), Grealish, Mahrez, Alvarez, and Haaland
SUBSTITUTIONS | Ortega Moreno, Walker, Dias, Phillips, Cancelo, Laporte, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Foden
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January 19, 2023 — Manchester City (@ManCity)