De Bruyne starts against RB Leipzig - Guardiola

Mon 06 December 2021 | 17:25

Manchester City are leading Group A and have already won as they get ready to travel to RB Leipzig for their last match and the club manager plans to make some changes.

Pep Guardiola

announced that

Kevin De Bruyne

will be in the starting XI in their battle against

RB Leipzig

in the

Champions League

on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old was out of action for a month as he contracted Covid-19 but he returned to action during their 3-1 victory over Watford on Saturday when he climbed off the bench.

Manchester City

have already sealed their top place in Group A following their 2-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain.

The City boss confirmed that the Belgium international will start the clash during his media conference before their trip to Germany, saying:

"Kevin had the corona, was growing and after had the setback.

"It's normal, the people who have the corona feel empty. Step by step he plays the minutes, tomorrow he will start and we'll see how many minutes."

The Spanish tactician also pronounced that a number of youth players will travel with them and he insisted that Champions League allows five substitutions, meaning they may climb off the bench rather than start against RB Leipzig.


They are fantastic young players. They need to settle but the potential is there,"

he said.

"Of course all the guys who play tomorrow want to win, for respect for Leipzig, and respect for Brugge and PSG.

"Hopefully tomorrow some of them can play - we have five subs, not three like here, so maybe we can use them."

The clash will be held behind closed doors as the German state of Saxony is in lockdown due to Covid-19.


In Germany the situation is not good,"

the City boss added. 

"The authorities have decided. We still have to be careful. That is my concern. The situation is dangerous.

"We need to learn that the situation is not solved. Like the PM said, wear a mask, observe social distance and be careful."

Oleksandr Zinchenko

also talked at the media conference, saying:

"It is sad news for both teams and the fans who wanted to go to the game and for the players as well. 

"We just play for the fans but the main reason is for our health. I wish everyone is going to be healthy."

source: SportMob

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