Our live stream ahead of Tuesday evenings Champions League match Porto v Manchester City is now up, kicking off at 8.00pm.
You can keep an eye on the commentary as it happens below, but first, we take a preview into the fixture, lineups, predictions and much more
In Porto’s previous game, they comfortably beat Marseille 2-0 away to move to the brink of qualifying for the Champions League knockout phase.
Zaidu Sanusi’s goal and Sergio Oliveira’s penalty put Porto on nine points from four games in Group C while Marseille, who became the first team to lose 13 straight games in the competition since it was launched in 1992-93, were eliminated with zero points.
Manchester City advanced with a perfect four wins from four group games with a 1-0 victory at Olympiakos thanks to Phil Foden finishing an excellent team move. Olympiakos, who have three points have a remote chance of leap-frogging Porto into second place.
In the reverse fixture on the 21st October, Manchester City beat Porto 3-1
When asked on Sergio Aguero – I’m not concerned. He didn’t train, he has a little bit of disturbance in his knee. He didn’t train but I’m not concerned.
When asked on player welfare – I will say first of all hopefully Jimenez and Luiz are well. I listen that Jimenez have an operation so hopefuly he is going to be well.
This is the most important thing, a concussion in the head you have to be careful. I don’t know the protocols, they should be clear. But in the head it’s so so dangerous.
Thoughts on Porto – A different competition. We go there to get the first place in the group stage but the important thing is done to qualify. We go to maintain our rhythm. The PL is the main priority in general terms. The game must be played in the best conditions possible.
Asked whether academy players will be used – No. We have 19 players in the first team fit and all of them travel. They are a real difficult opponent and we need the best players possible.
When asked on John Stones improvement – Absolutely anything. After five years together we know each other incredibly well. John, it depends on him. We know he’s got incredible skills.
It depends on him to maintain this level. He struggled the last season, he needs continuity to be fit, training, be ready. John could not for different reasons. Since day one he played against Wovles and played excellent.
Unfortunately, he was injured, struggled to come back because Ruben gave us stability. We are delighted especially for him. He’s a special guy, so sensitive. All of the backroom staff are so happy for him.
On changing your approach after four years. Have the players become used to your methods? They know exactly what we are looking for. Little changes but the rest is the same.
The new ones are intelligent and will get it soon, it’s not complicated. The players love to play football, with me or another manager. It’s not a problem.
When asked on Mendys return – So important for us he’s fit. Score goals from Mendy is the last thing I want from him. I want him to defend well, be fit and be focussed.
He played two 90 minutes and played quite well. Still, we have to wait, it depends on him, similar to John. It doesn’t depend on the manager or another one.
When queried on Cancelo – Joao make an incredible impact this season. His commitment, he’s much focussed. He has to work and be concentrated 90 minutes. He helped us a lot because Aleks, Benjamin and Nathan were injured.
He’s got an incredible personality, his recovery is so good. In the final third his quality is so unique, he can be like a winger. Just a bit like Mendy, to focus in defence. We need it since he comes in and he’s getting better. His confidence from the first month is much better.
When asked on Cities momentum – I would love to answer you but I cannot. If you were to ask me after lots of wins in a row I couldn’t answer. To be on top this season you need a run of victories but everyone struggles.
It’s difficult, not matter what team you face. We know to arrive in the last seven, ten games to be close to the top of the league, we need in the next 5, 6, 7 games to make a lot of victories.
We wanted the last one after one draw and one defeat. Now we go to another competition where we’ve done incredibly well. Need to focus on Fulham, United when we come back in the Premier League.
I have the feeling they are focussed. They are good. Even the games against Liverpool and Tottenham we play good. The details mean we couldn’t win, but in general we create good chances, concede not much. We work on it.
Will it be another aggressive game vs Porto? Will be a tough, physical game for sure. They have an incredible team spirit, they fight for each other. It will be tough. It’s normal, Champions League away, we know it.
They are one of the top teams in Portugal, same with Olympiacos they have to win every weekend. When you have this mentality this makes them so dangerous. We expect, like I expected when they came here, it will be a difficult game. It will be.
When asked his thoughts on the Porto manager (they didn’t get on last time!) – I’m not agree. He can say his opinion but I’m not agreeing that we pressured the referees. The history speaks for itself.
We are not the team to do this. I would admit it. When the action happens that you don’t agree you can talk to the assistant. The five years in Spain and Germany we haven’t done this. I don’t agree.
Asked whether this is the most challenging season of his career – Our careers. All the managers. Society lives in different ways. We are not all here doing the press conference. It’s unusual and you have to adapt, not just City, when the players finish they can’t go to the restaurants.
That’s why the best thing this season is we’re learning don’t stress much with the good results and bad results. Avoid being together where possible, stay at home, eat and rest as good as possible.
Training precise what we have to do. Arrive in the games with an open mind as possible. Not just in football, every person in their jobs it is new.
Thoughts on Porto – It doesn’t matter if they play four at the back as usual or five as they did here. The way they play, the transitions, the set pieces, the commitment defensively when we break the lines.
They shout each other in the good sense. We live that experience here, it was a good victory. It doesn’t matter their shape or formation. It’s part of his culture and we have to adapt, impose our game, and get the result we need for the knockout stages.
Porto Champions League form: LWWW
Porto form (all competitions): LWWWWW
Manchester City Champions League form: WWWW
Manchester City form (all competitions): WWDLWW
Porto possible starting lineup:
Marchesin; Manafa, Mbemba, Sarr, Sanusi; Uribe, Otavio, Oliveira; Corona, Marega, Diaz
Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Zinchenko; Rodri, De Bruyne, Foden; Silva, Jesus, Sterling
Ferran Torres Anytime Scorer – 23/10 with FanTeam
Manchester City’s summer signing has scored in three of their group games so far as he picks up plenty of European minutes.
City put three past Porto last time these two sides faced off with Torres scoring the final goal of the game.
The Spaniard now has five goals in 10 after finding the back of the net in City’s 5-0 win at the weekend.
The biggest mark against his name is Guardiola’s unpredictable line-up selections but if Torres does feature for a reasonable length of time, he is well priced to add to his tally.
Time to take a look at our Porto v Manchester City live match stream as it happens…