Manchester City pushes Copenhagen aside to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League – latest reaction

It's a Champions League night involving Manchester City and the only real danger hanging over the occasion is how many changes Pep Guardiola decides to make.

City travel to Anfield on Sunday in a crucial match in the Premier League title race and, barring the sporting equivalent of an act of God, will certainly go further than tonight's opponents Copenhagen after a 3-1 win in Denmark.

Copenhagen made a decent fist of the first leg of the last sixteen, but Phil Foden's goal in the 92nd minute seems to have put City out of reach. If City produce a professional performance tonight, they will be through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League and the prospect of back-to-back Trebles remains alive.

You might imagine Guardiola resting key players like John Stones, Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland to keep them fresh for Liverpool, but City's manager is often stronger than you expect on nights like these.

As strange as it is to say a week after Haaland scored five for Luton in the FA Cup, City may want to give him the chance to fill his boots and find good form in front of goal.

Since Haaland moved to Borussia Dortmund in 2019, this is the first league game in which he has underperformed his expected goals, scoring 18 in the Premier League against 20.8 xG. Misses like the sitter in the Manchester derby may explain that, but it is worrying for City's rivals that there could be a revival if Haaland returns to his historic levels.

“People say I'm good at scoring goals, but two days ago I missed the greatest chance in the world ever. I can also get better at that,” Haaland said at the pre-match press conference.

Full team news coming soon.

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