Manchester City may be just the second side in Premier League history to register 43 points from 15 games – a truly stupendous record – but they are far from infallible.
Pep Guardiola fielded a second string side including youngsters Oluwatosin Adarabioyo and Phil Foden for the 2-1 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday and we ought to take the set-back with a pinch of salt.
And yet, at the same time, Shakhtar’s approach to the game revealed an unmistakeable avenue through which any side, if executed properly, could inflict damage on the Premier League leaders: sharp, precise, rapid counter-attacks through the middle.
With that in mind, here is a potential XI for the clash on Sunday with Jesse Lingard featuring at No.10.
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