Ronaldo to Man City: Pep Guardiola’s plan for Cristiano Ronaldo in the starting 11 of Manchester City

Ronaldo to Man City: How could Pep Guardiola line up the Premier League winners with Ronaldo- Ronaldo has expressed his desire to leave Juventus this summer with the 36-year-old now closer than ever to joining Manchester City in the last few days of the transfer window. The Portuguese icon could soon make the move to the Etihad Stadium and return to England where he spent six seasons with City’s arch-rivals Manchester United.

Various reports have stated that Ronaldo has already agreed on personal terms with City while they look to finalize a transfer fee with Juventus for the ex Madrid star. With Ronaldo’s move to Manchester City imminent, Lets’ have a look at how Pep Guardiola could line up the Premier League champions next season.

Goalkeeper

Ederson Moraes has been the number one choice for Pep Guardiola between the sticks. The 28-year-old Brazilian has been one of the most consistent performers for the Premier League winners and will continue to start in goal this season.

Defense 

Pep Guardiola has a host of options to choose from in defense. Kyle Walker is the Spanish managers’ first choice at right-back with the English international also seen swapping in and out with Joao Cancelo.

The Portuguese defender can also play on the opposite flank and could be Pep’s preffered starter at the left side after Benjamin Mendy was suspended by the club due to the ongoing charges against him. Oleksandr Zinchenko is another option on the left that the former FC Barcelona coach could opt for.

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At the heart of the defense, Man City could play either of Ruben Dias, John Stones and Aymeric Laporte with Nathan Ake expected to be the fourth choice who could fill in when either center back is injured or in need of rest.

Midfield

The Premier League winners will most likely see Rodri start as the lone defensive midfielder for the team while Pep Guardiola has the happy headache to choose his remaining two number 8’s.

Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin de Bruyne, and new signing Jack Grealish are expected to be the key players who will lineup for Pep Guardiola in their’ crucial matches. Just like Grealish and De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva are versatile and could feature in the club’s midfield as well as Man City’s attacking line if needed.

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Attack

Ronaldo will head into the squad that already has a plethora of attacking talent. Man City has a jam-packed squad that consists of Riyad Mahrez, Ferran Torres, Bernardo Silva up top.

With Ronaldo set to join Pep Guardiola’s side, the Spanish manager is expected to play the Juventus star as a number 9. The Portuguese could enjoy his time being Man City’s focal point especially when the team has a squad filled with midfield maestros creating chances and feeding him with opportunities to find the back of the net.

The former Bayern Munich head coach has been looking for an out and out striker since the departure of Sergio Aguero and will be more than happy to have Ronaldo as the Argentine’s replacement His addition will undoubtedly make Manchester City one of the most lethal sides in the world football that could compete for any trophy.

Manchester City Predicted starting 11

Ederson

Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo,

Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne

Mahrez, Ronaldo, Grealish

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