Manchester City’s stunning victory over the European champions in Munich on Tuesday night might well have given Manuel Pellegrini food for thought ahead of Saturday’s big Premier League clash against Arsenal.
As always though, the Chilean boss has a vast array of options to choose from ahead of the home meeting with the league leaders in a contest that would see City move to within three points of the Gunners with a win.
After being left out of the starting line-up for the draw with Southampton in City’s most recent league match, the likes of James Milner and David Silva impressed as the visitors came from two goals down to beat Bayern Munich 3-2―a victory that deserves to be celebrated despite Pellegrini apparently being unaware that a 4-2 win would have ensured that City finished top of Group D.
But have Milner, Silva and others done enough to ensure a place in the starting XI at the weekend?
Ahead of what has to be considered a huge game for City’s title ambitions―three points off top spot is a lot better than nine, after all―here is how Pellegrini might play things on Saturday.