Manchester City faced an unexpected last-minute lineup change in their Champions League match against Young Boys. Initially, Manuel Akanji was set to start, but he concluded his warm-up prematurely, leading to Kyle Walker taking his place in the starting lineup.
The initial report suggested that the Swiss international wasn’t feeling well, but City’s manager, Pep Guardiola, clarified after City’s 3-0 victory that Akanji was dealing with a back injury.
In the context of their Group G match, City needed a win to secure their progression to the knockout stages with two games remaining. Despite concerns over Erling Haaland’s fitness following his early departure from the previous Saturday’s match against Bournemouth due to an injury, he was included in the starting lineup. Rodri, typically a midfield stalwart, was given a rest and started on the bench, with Rico Lewis taking his place.
The last-minute alteration to the team didn’t hinder Manchester City, as they secured a convincing 3-0 victory over Young Boys, affirming their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League.