Manchester City have finalised preparations for their third Champions League group stage clash of the season, as they trained at the Wankdorf Stadium on Tuesday evening.
City travel to Switzerland following success in their opening two fixtures of the Champions League, after victories against Crvena zvezda at the Etihad Stadium and RB Leipzig at the Red Bull Arena in Germany.
BSC Young Boys provides a very different test for the reigning European champions, not least due to the contrasting playing surface that Pep Guardiola’s players will have to acclimatise to in the build-up to the game.
With the Wankdorf Stadium featuring a synthetic pitch, Manchester City have altered their travel arrangements for the game, cancelling their final pre-match training session at the City Football Academy in favour of a warm-up in Bern on Tuesday evening.
City come into the contest off the back of a much-needed victory in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, defeating the challenge of Roberto De Zerbi’s Brighton & Hove Albion via a 2-1 scoreline and goals from Julian Alvarez and Erling Haaland.
The trip to Switzerland will also act as somewhat of a warm-up before Sunday afternoon’s clash at Old Trafford, when Manchester City face off against bitter city rivals Manchester United in the much-anticipated derby clash.
BSC Young Boys are Manchester City’s opponents on matchday three and four of this season’s Champions League group stage, with the Swiss outfit visiting the Etihad Stadium in early November for the reverse fixture.
In their final training session ahead of Wednesday night’s contest at the Wankdorf Stadium, Pep Guardiola and his Manchester City squad have now put together their final preparations on the artificial surface.
Here is a complete list of players spotted in Bern on Tuesday evening!
NUMBER-man senior Manchester City training squad ahead of BSC Young Boys
Goalkeepers: Ederson, Ortega Moreno, Carson.
Defenders: Walker, Lewis, Dias, Akanji, Ake, Stones, Gvardiol, Gomez.
Midfielders: Rodri, Phillips, Kovacic, Nunes, Bernardo, Hamilton.
Forwards: Foden, Doku, Alvarez, Haaland, Grealish, Bobb.
Micah Hamilton is the only Manchester City Academy player to receive the call-up to the first-team squad for the visit to the Wankdorf Stadium on Wednesday night, earning some invaluable experience with Pep Guardiola’s set-up.
Kevin De Bruyne is the only absentee as the Belgian continues his recovery from a hamstring injury that resulted in surgery, with the attacking midfielder expected back in first-team training later this year.
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