Manchester City travel to the Liberty Stadium on Saturday to face Championship outfit Swansea City in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
Pep Guardiola’s men go in to the game off the back of a stunning 7-0 victory over Schalke in midweek. That result ensured City’s safe passage through to the last eight of the Champions League as they look to secure an incredible quadruple.
The next piece of the jigsaw for the Premier League champions comes in south Wales, where they must overcome a misfiring Swansea to keep alive their hopes of winning a remarkable four trophies.
Here’s the players Guardiola may select for the encounter.
3. Goalkeeper & Defenders
Ederson (GK) – The Brazilian has enjoyed more game time than he would have anticipated this season with regular cup keeper Claudio Bravo sidelined by a serious knee injury since August. The former is unlikely to have much work between the sticks, though he will be important in helping City build attacks from deep.
Danilo (RB) – Danilo possesses excellent ball-playing skills for someone in his position, making him a handy player for Guardiola. He will be excited by the chance to showcase these against Championship opposition.
John Stones (CB) – Having recovered from injury in the week, this fixture offers the perfect opportunity for Stones to regain match fitness. However, he will have to be careful when Swans frontman Oli McBurnie has possession; the Scot has 18 goals this term and is deadly in front of goal.
Nicolas Otamendi (CB) – The Argentine is likely to lose his place in the side soon, with Stones and Aymeric Laporte now both available for Guardiola. He will remain important, though, with City’s squad likely to be stretched by their continued involvement in all competitions.
Benjamin Mendy (LB) – After months on the sidelines Mendy returned to training last month. Oddly, the Frenchman has not featured since then, but could get a run out against an out of sorts Swansea team.
Ilkay Gundogan (CDM) – With Fernandinho’s continued absence, Gundogan will provide the link between attack and defence for his team. A deft touch, tenacious tackling and an impressive array of passing make him the perfect replacement.
Bernardo Silva (RCM) – Silva’s influence on this Manchester City side appears to grow with each passing game. His namesake David has been heavily involved in recent weeks, so the task of unpicking the Swansea lock may fall to the Portuguese.
Phil Foden (LCM) – As the season continues, Guardiola appears to be placing more faith in the 18-year-old. This added responsibility has not fazed Foden whatsoever and he looks to be maturing at a rapid rate. The playmaker is certainly one for both the future and the present.
Riyad Mahrez (RW) – The Algerian has had a frustrating debut season at the Etihad after his summer move from Leicester City, producing sublime moments and infuriating ones in equal measure. Nevertheless, his artful footwork and dazzling dribbling abilities will have Graham Potter’s side worried.
Leroy Sane (LW) – Last year’s PFA Young Player of the Year has had another stellar campaign in sky blue. He has amassed 14 goals and 17 assists in all competitions, demonstrating what a superb season it has been for the German.
Gabriel Jesus (ST) – With Sergio Aguero in need of a rest, Jesus will lead City’s frontline. Having struggled through injury over the autumn, the youngster is now showing precisely what he is all about; persistence, effective finishing and an exceptional work-rate.