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World Soccer - - Uefa Champions League Fixtures 2016-17 -

Un­der Guardi­ola, City have nom­i­nally played a 4-1-4-1, but there is huge flex­i­bil­ity, with the coach mak­ing changes ev­ery game. Al­ready, the full-backs have been used in cen­tral mid­feld, al­low­ing the wingers to push up and press the op­po­si­tion full-backs, while a sin­gle de­fen­sive mid­fielder, Fer­nand­inho, al­lows for two mid­field play­mak­ers, David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne, to prompt the at­tack­ing ini­tia­tives. Ilkay Gun­do­gan will be in con­tention when fit.

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