Welcome to the Evening Standard’s Champions League coverage of Atalanta vs Manchester City LIVE tonight.

Man City can qualify for the knockout stages with a win at San Siro – and Pep Guardiola will want a professional performance with one eye on this weekend’s huge clash at Liverpool.

Prediction: Atalanta 1-3 Man City – the Italians have been spirited in their first season in the Champions League, but even a rotated City side should win comfortably.

TV channel/live stream: BT Sport 3, or watch online via the BT app and website.

With kick-off scheduled for 8pm GMT, follow all the goals and action!

Live Updates



30 mins: Fine block to deny Sterling!

 

It’s too good at times, it really is. 

 

Bernardo down the right cuts it back to Sterling who looks certain to make it 2-0, but it’s a fine block from Hateboer to limit the damage.


Five goals in the Champions League… 14 in his last 16 games.

 

Is there a player in better form player than Sterling right now?

 


21 mins: Jesus tries an ‘elastico’ to get past the defender but it’s out for a goal kick.

 

Sometimes, you just wish he’d keep it simple!


15 mins: That goal has certainly quietened down the Atalanta fans, who are still looking for their first Champions League win to celebrate.

 

City controlling possession here and looking quite comfortable.

GOAL!


GOAL! | Atalanta 0-1 Man City | Raheem Sterling 7′

 

Brilliant goal. Bernardo finds Jesus, who backheels into the Sterling’s path and he coolly finishes past Gollini into the corner.

 


4 mins: Early half-chance for the hosts!

 

Ilicic curls in a cross to the far post and Hateboer ghosts in unmarked, but volleys into the side-netting.

KICK OFF


KICK-OFF!

 

We’re underway in Milan!


The teams are out on the pitch at the San Siro and it’s nearly time to get going.

 

Remember, City will qualify with a win tonight.


Here’s how Group C looks going into this clash…

 

 


Atalanta are a fun team to watch, mainly because the Bergamo-based outfit don’t seem to focus too much on defending.

 

They have, however, only won once in their last five games in all competitions – a 7-1 thumping of Udinese – and have lost all three games in the UCL.

 

Will they break their duck against City tonight?


The Man City squad go for a run to warm up at the San Siro.

 


Last meeting

 

Atalanta shocked the Etihad when their free-flowing football and positive playing style helped them to take the lead.

 

Ruslan Malinovskiy scored from the spot after a foul from Fernandinho on Josip Ilicic. But back came City, inspired by a marvellous hat-trick from Raheem Sterling.

 

Sergio Aguero also scored twice but the Argentine is on the bench this evening, with the 30-year-old almost certainly being saved for the crunch clash with Liverpool at the weekend.


Manchester City’s away record in the Champions League group stage recently is rather impressive…

 

18-09-2019 – W 3-0 Shakhtar

27-11-2018 – D 2-2 Lyon

23-10-2018 – W 3-0 Shakhtar

02-10-2018 – W 2-1 Hoffenheim

06-12-2017 –  L 2-1 Shakhtar

01-11-2017 – W 4-2 Napoli

13-09-2017 – W 4-0 Feyenoord


Guardiola names strong line-up

 

After insisting he wasn’t going to change his side with qualification within their grasp, Pep Guardiola has picked a strong lineup for the clash away at Atalanta.

 

The Catalan has made five changes to the side that beat Southampton 2-1, with Joao Cancelo, Nicolas Otamendi, Riyad Mahrez, Benjamin Mendy and Gabriel Jesus all coming into the side.

 

Kyle Walker, John Stones, Angelino, Sergio Aguero and David Silva all make way.


Team news

 

Atalanta XI: Gollini; Toloi, Djimsiti, Palomino; Hateboer, De Roon, Freuler, Castagne; Pasalic, Ilicic, Gomez.

 

Subs: Sportiello, Kjaer, Masiello, Muriel, Arana, Malinovskyi, Barrow

 

City XI: Ederson; Joao Cancelo, Otamendi, Fernandinho (c), Mendy; Gundogan, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Bernardo Silva, Sterling; Jesus.

 

Subs: Bravo, Walker, Stones, Aguero, Angelino, Garcia, Doyle.


Welcome to our LIVE Champions League coverage of Manchester City’s trip to face Atalanta tonight!

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Man City team news and lineups

Atalanta: Gollini, Toloi, Djimsiti, Palomino, Hateboer, de Roon, Freuler, Castagne, Pasalic, Gomez, Ilicic

Subs: Kjaer, Masiello, Muriel, Guilherme Arana, Malinovsky, Sportiello, Barrow

Man City: Ederson, Joao Cancelo, Fernandinho, Otamendi, Mendy, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, Sterling

Subs: Doyle, Bravo, Walker, Stones, Aguero, Jose Angelino, Garcia

Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov

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