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Sané misses out on starting XI after Double Gameweek disappointment

Leroy Sané (£9.6m) is the man to fall foul of Pep Guardiola’s rotation policy for their big game against Chelsea today.

The German international has been named on the bench for the Gameweek 26 clash at the Etihad Stadium, continuing a frustrating spell for his owners after he scored just point in Double Gameweek 25.

Starting on the flanks of Manchester City’s three-man attack are Raheem Sterling (£11.3m) and Bernardo Silva (£7.5m).

Having scored a hat-trick in his last Etihad Stadium appearance, Sergio Aguero (£11.4m) keeps his place at the spearhead of Manchester City’s line.

Kevin de Bruyne (£9.7m), Fernandinho (£5.3m) and Ilkay Gündogan (£5.4m) are the central midfield trio, with David Silva (£8.5m) on the bench.

Double Gameweek 25 star Aymeric Laporte (£5.9m) keeps his place in the team once again but is back in more familiar surroundings as Guardiola has selected him at centre-back, after two outings on the left.

Next to him is John Stones (£5.2m), with Oleksandr Zinchenko (£4.7m) and Kyle Walker (£6.4m) on the flanks.

There are fewer surprises in the Chelsea line-up as Pedro (£6.3m) joins Eden Hazard (£10.9m) and Gonzalo Higuain (£9.5m) in their front three.

Manchester City XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko; Gündogan, Fernandinho, De Bruyne; B Silva, Agüero, Sterling.

Chelsea XI (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rüdiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kanté, Jorginho, Barkley; Pedro, Higuaín, Hazard.

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2,199 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Yome
    • 7 Years
    9 days, 1 hour ago

    Game, set and match!

  2. The Enlightener
    • 5 Years
    9 days, 1 hour ago

    Pep's probably one of those germ freaks, so he's probably happy that Sarri bolted early without a shake-aroo.

    1. Fred54
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 1 hour ago

      Yeah in his Spruce Moose.

  3. Polka Wakey O'Dot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    9 days, 1 hour ago

    No handshake for Pep from Sarri....Poor....

    I think he's getting sacked tonight....

    1. TheBrazilianRonaldo
        9 days, 1 hour ago

        He’s off. Culturally Abromovich won’t take it

      • diesel001
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 1 hour ago

        6-0 is disgraceful.

        Away to City and trying to go toe-to-toe with them? That shows no tactical nous whatsoever.

        1. Polka Wakey O'Dot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          9 days, 1 hour ago

          I'm a pipe fitter from Preston and even I know he had to play Kante and Jorginho in front of a back four to have any chance at all. I'm a lot cheaper than Sarri as well.

      • Right back Atsu
        • 5 Years
        9 days, 1 hour ago

        He's a goner. Anyone should be privaleged to shake the man's hand.

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 1 hour ago

      BAPs likely to stay as they are.

    3. Fergus1107
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 1 hour ago

      Makes my transfers next game week so easy.
      But Eden, bye Luiz.

    4. dark91
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 1 hour ago

      Dean hiding the ball from Aguero. Didn't know he had a funny side 😀

      1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 days, 1 hour ago

        How many match balls does one man need? I hope he has a wall in his house purely with matchballs on it.

      2. TOBY1
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 1 hour ago

        How can you trust a referee that obviously loves the limelight and celebrities so much

    5. Sedemuda
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 1 hour ago

      Aguero now the top transferred in with no game. I'll take the price rise thanks.

      1. Numb
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 days, 1 hour ago

        People playing the long game.

        1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 5 Years
          9 days, 1 hour ago

          *stupid

      2. tisza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 days, 1 hour ago

        Still madness making transfers this early with games still to be played before next GW

    6. sandman58
        9 days, 1 hour ago

        Is the city stadium announcer taking the piss?
        Playin one step beyond from madness after the final whistle
        Outta order that

        1. Jᴀʀᴠish
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          9 days, 1 hour ago

          Is the stadium announcer in charge of the decks?

      • It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 5 Years
        9 days, 1 hour ago

        Can’t barely wait for the press conference

      • Says
        • 8 Years
        9 days, 1 hour ago

        Kepa let in 6 and has the second highest bonus point score for Chelsea lol, how bad were they.

        1. Says
          • 8 Years
          9 days, 1 hour ago

          Needs to change his name to Conceeda

        2. Superbadhine
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          9 days, 1 hour ago

          He was utter utter utter trash

      • Merlinsnose
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 1 hour ago

        Sterling or Aguero?

        Thanks

        1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 5 Years
          9 days, 1 hour ago

          Both

        2. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          9 days, 1 hour ago

          Sane while Mendy is out.

        3. TheBrazilianRonaldo
            9 days, 1 hour ago

            Depends in whether you prefer more midfield or upfront spend really. Both v. Good

          • Flapjack ✅
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            9 days, 1 hour ago

            Both..

        4. Nomar
          • 9 Years
          9 days, 1 hour ago

          Time to tinker with a Haz less team.

          1. Numb
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            9 days, 1 hour ago

            That was arguably his hardest fixture of the season

          2. Superbadhine
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            9 days, 1 hour ago

            Harsh to judge Haz on that utter sh*tshow by the rest of his team

        5. Pontus Jansson's Magic…
          • 2 Years
          9 days, 1 hour ago

          Which steaming dump to bin off first, Sane or Hazard?

          1. Flapjack ✅
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            9 days, 1 hour ago

            Haz

          2. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            9 days, 1 hour ago

            The one who's team look better without him.

          3. Royal5
            • 7 Years
            9 days, 1 hour ago

            Sane, but I'd get rid of both

          4. onceuponatyne
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            9 days, 1 hour ago

            Haz.
            Sane not playing of late probably only means he's more likely to play coming up.

            Haz has a blank and then Spurs.

            1. PlumaPiedra
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              9 days, 1 hour ago

              Strange logic.

          5. Numb
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            9 days, 1 hour ago

            Sane

        6. fedolefan
          • 4 Years
          9 days, 1 hour ago

          Is Raz stealing the last bap? Need those 2 points off Kun(c) in my ML.

        7. The Enlightener
          • 5 Years
          9 days, 1 hour ago

          Pundits asking/being asked if they think Sarri is out. C'mon. Does that even need asked? He gone!

        8. QueefParkRangers
          • 4 Years
          9 days, 1 hour ago

          Sane in?

          1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            9 days, 1 hour ago

            Will troll sellers against WHU.

        9. -GK22-
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          9 days, 1 hour ago

          May as well have owned foden rather than sane these last few weeks

        10. JustPark
          • 3 Years
          9 days, 1 hour ago

          Well at least Sane didn't troll. Phew..

        11. Yome
          • 7 Years
          9 days, 1 hour ago

          Chelsea fan TV for a good laugh now

        12. Meinhoff
          • 6 Years
          9 days, 1 hour ago

          Could have been 8 if Mahrez hadn't come on. Sarri the most overrated manager in the league

          1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
            • 5 Years
            9 days, 1 hour ago

            Well he’s gone very soon so Poch can have that title back

        13. Sterling Malory
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          9 days, 1 hour ago

          Sane for Leicester mid?

          Maddison or Gray?

        14. fr3ddy
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 1 hour ago

          Shambles 🙁

          1. diesel001
            • 2 Years
            9 days, 1 hour ago

            No Sterling or Aguero and own Hazard?

        15. tucaoneo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          9 days, 1 hour ago

          69 (-4) a totally red arrow

        16. gooberman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          9 days, 1 hour ago

          Jonty doesn't have Sterling or Aguero. Ouch. Rank killer.

        17. HuttonDressedasLahm
          • 9 Years
          9 days, 1 hour ago

          60,000 sold Sterling for this GW
          Oops

        18. Fred54
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          9 days, 1 hour ago

          You people were right for once, it was only Huddersfield...

        19. Royal5
          • 7 Years
          9 days, 1 hour ago

          Luoz playing over Christensen is a joke. Kante not playing DM the same. Sarri ball over.

        20. gooberman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          9 days, 1 hour ago

          84 with Doherty to play.

        21. Numb
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          9 days, 1 hour ago

          Anyone own Laporte, Sterling and Aguero? Must have flown lately if so.

        22. DV8R
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          9 days, 1 hour ago

          AWB 1 pointer off the bench yet again.

          But when he gets a 9 pointer, he's rooted there....