The only excuse Sergio Aguero had for clattering an uncharacteristically rash shot into the Manchester City fans behind the goal was the possibility he shared their giddy excitement.

After 24 minutes of the Champions League Group C game against Serie A entertainers Atalanta, Phil Foden had come to the party.

Slipping into a pocket of space in the right channel – the same area of the field from which he tormented the Austria defence for England Under-21s seven days ago, a passage that ended in a robust body check and a viral social media clip – Foden sauntered brilliantly around grizzled centre-back Andrea Masiello to leave a chance on a plate for Aguero.

It was silver service where there is normally Silva service in these parts. Foden is being groomed to be their heir to David Silva when the great Spanish playmaker leaves at the end of this season. Plenty of times during a riotous 5-1 win, the 19-year-old's silken touch suggested all the tools are there.

However, after providing plenty to purr at as he and Ilkay Gundogan effortlessly pulled the midfield strings during the second half came the impetuousness of youth and an avoidable red card. This denies Foden the chance to sharpen his talents in the return game next month.

It is tempting to wonder to what extent it might influence Pep Guardiola's trust, which has not always felt as forthcoming as he claims.

"Absolutely not will I fine him," the City manager replied when asked after the match whether Foden will be financially punished for his indiscretion. "Maybe I have to pay him for how well he played. The important thing for Phil is not the red card, it is the way he played."

Before being selected from kick-off against Atalanta on Tuesday, 90 of Foden's 102 competitive minutes in a City shirt this season had come in an EFL Cup tie at Preston North End.

Guardiola might call the boyhood City fan one of the most talented players he has ever seen but talk is far cheaper than the £500million price tag he would apparently not consider as a worthwhile bid for Foden.

Atalanta shaded the frenetic early stages and led through Ruslan Malinovskyi's penalty shortly after Foden's fleet of foot brought the home crowd to their feet.

Visiting boss Gian Piero Gasperini is an admirer of Guardiola and the sight of his two nimble number 10s Alejandro Gomez and Josip Ilicic squaring up to City's midfield two at centre-back – Rodri and Fernandinho – felt like something two of football's stylistic romantics might have dreamt up together.

However, Gasperini was becoming increasingly exasperated by the manner his side, who let a 3-0 lead slip to draw 3-3 at Lazio on Sunday, were neglecting the most familiar footballing trait of their homeland.

Aguero was in no mood to pass up further chances and gobbled up a floated 34th-minute delivery from Raheem Sterling, who was once again City's star performer.

Masiello, a well-worn 33-year-old central defender who looks to have been reared on boots and knees to the head along with slide tackles in gravel, was spared by Gasperini at the break. He scythed emphatically through Sterling for the penalty from which Aguero put City ahead for the first time.

The second-half became the Raheem Sterling Show, but Foden was at least co-producer alongside the immaculate Gundogan.

Harry Kane says Tottenham have still "got a long way to go" but believes they are moving in the right direction after an emphatic 5-0 Champions League win over Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday.

Speculation had been mounting over Mauricio Pochettino's future after a run of just one win in seven games, but the Spurs boss will breathe a little easier after his side dispatched their Serbian opponents with the minimum of fuss.

Kane's opener and two goals from Son Heung-min put them 3-0 ahead at the interval before Erik Lamela added a fourth and Kane rounded off the scoring to seal a first Champions League win of the season.

Spurs, languishing seventh in the Premier League, return to domestic duty at the weekend with a daunting trip to leaders Liverpool, but Kane has seen enough to suggest they can cause Jurgen Klopp's side problems.

"It's great and exactly what we needed to do," he told BT Sport. "We know we have had a tough run of results and that was the perfect way to respond.

"We wanted to come out of the blocks and press high. Of course, we needed to score early on but we were ruthless in front of goal and got the clean sheet as well.

"The most important thing was the win. To win 5-0 was exactly what we needed.

"We've got a long way to go. Hopefully we can build on this. Liverpool is a tough game coming up. Obviously, they have started the season fantastically, but hopefully we can win that game."

Robert Lewandowski scored twice as Bayern Munich came from behind to claim a 3-2 win over Olympiacos in Champions League Group B on Tuesday.

Bayern have taken one point from their past two Bundesliga matches but made it three wins from three in Europe thanks to Lewandowski's predatory instincts after Youssef El-Arabi put Olympiacos in front.

The Poland international equalised before the break and poached another just after the hour-mark - taking his tally for the season to 18 - before Corentin Tolisso grabbed the pick of the goals with a spectacular curling effort.

Guilherme's deflected strike reduced the deficit 11 minutes from time, setting up a tense finale, but Manuel Neuer and Bayern held on to take another stride towards the last 16.

Toni Kroos' deflected first-half strike was enough to secure Real Madrid a 1-0 win at Galatasaray, giving Los Blancos their first Champions League victory of the season.

Despite being without Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, Madrid produced a professional display against a Galatasaray team that put up a fight but were ultimately made to rue a lack of quality in the final third.

Madrid were greeted by a banner that read 'your nightmare is back again' and the home side certainly caused them some problems, but Lady Luck smiled on Zinedine Zidane's men as Kroos opened the scoring with a deflected strike on his 100th Champions League appearance.

Eden Hazard should have wrapped things up in the second half but he hit the crossbar, though luckily for him Gala were unable to make the most of the let-off, as Madrid moved up to second in Group A.

A thrilling opening saw both sides create opportunities, with Hazard wasting an early chance before Thibaut Courtois produced two excellent saves to thwart Florin Andone.

But a stroke of fortune helped Madrid take the lead in the 18th minute.

Hazard tried to cut a return pass back to Karim Benzema and, although he did not find his intended target, Kroos was on hand to strike, his effort beating Fernando Muslera via a deflection.

Gala probably should have levelled seven minutes before the break, but Younes Belhanda's effort from the middle of the box was feeble and Courtois made the stop.

Hazard inexplicably failed to double Madrid's lead just past the hour, hitting the crossbar after latching on to Benzema's pass and skipping past Muslera.

The hosts had a final opportunity to equalise six minutes from time, but Steven Nzonzi put his header over despite being unmarked, letting Madrid off the hook.

 

What does it mean? Madrid off the mark

There have not been many Champions League campaigns in which Madrid have needed three matches to get a first win, but they are finally up and running.

Usurping Group A leaders Paris Saint-Germain looks unlikely, but Madrid are now in second place and they should be back on track to qualify.

Benzema knits it all together

He may not have scored, but Benzema did pretty much everything else. The striker led the line to great effect, linking up very well with Rodrygo and Hazard in attack, creating four opportunities, as many as anyone else on the pitch.

Donk not up to scratch

Dutch defender Ryan Donk looked out of his depth at times in the first half, struggling with the movement of Madrid's front three. He was hooked at half-time as Gala looked to put more emphasis on the attack.

What's next?

Madrid face Leganes and Real Betis over the next couple of weeks before hosting Gala at the Santiago Bernabeu. The Turkish side will play Besiktas and Rizespor ahead of that clash.

Raheem Sterling scored a second-half hat-trick as Manchester City moved closer to securing their progression from Champions League Group C with an emphatic 5-1 win over Atalanta.

Ruslan Malinovskiy's penalty capped a fine start for Atalanta, but the Serie A side were little match for City once Pep Guardiola's men - led by the impressive Sterling - clicked into gear.

Sergio Aguero was the benefactor of Sterling's work in the first half, tucking in from a brilliant cross before converting a penalty the England forward won.

Sterling took matters into his own hands from then on – his treble coming in the space of 11 productive minutes for City, though the emphatic win was marred by the late dismissal of Phil Foden.

Atalanta squandered a three-goal lead against Lazio in Serie A on Saturday yet were swiftly on the front foot in Manchester, taking the lead in the 28th minute. Josip Ilicic forced Fernandinho into a clumsy challenge, with Malinovskiy making no mistake from the resulting penalty.

Atalanta's opener merely sparked City into life, though, Aguero nudging home from Sterling's perfectly weighted cross and then punishing Andrea Masiello's desperate lunge by scoring from the spot.

City were soon dealt a blow as Rodri was forced off with a hamstring injury, though Kyle Walker would have extended the hosts' lead if not for Pierluigi Gollini's smart stop.

There was an injury concern for Aguero at the start of the second half but, after the striker was deemed fit to continue, Guardiola's side had their third. Kevin De Bruyne teed up Foden, whose touch fell kindly for Sterling to hammer home from close range.

He doubled his personal tally within six minutes, lashing beyond Gollini after racing onto Ilkay Gundogan's pass.

After Remo Freuler had a goal ruled out by the offside flag for Atalanta, Sterling knocked in Riyad Mahrez's cross to complete the rout, though Foden's second booking for a foul on Marten de Roon forced the hosts to play out the closing minutes with 10 men.

Kylian Mbappe scored a second-half hat-trick as Paris Saint-Germain cruised to a 5-0 win over Club Brugge in Tuesday's Champions League Group A clash.

The France forward was introduced from the bench seven minutes into the second half and helped put the game out of Brugge's reach with a devastating display that also included an assist.

Mauro Icardi opened the scoring for PSG at Jan Breydel Stadium and made it five goals in four matches after being set up by Mbappe in the second half.

Thomas Tuchel's men have now won all three European matches without conceding and are five points better off than second-placed Real Madrid, who beat Galatasaray 1-0 in the other Group A fixture.

Harry Kane and Son Heung-min scored doubles to ease the pressure on Mauricio Pochettino and kick-start Tottenham's Champions League campaign with a comprehensive 5-0 win over Red Star Belgrade.

Spurs have endured a difficult start to the season, with just one win in their previous seven games - including a 7-2 European defeat to Bayern Munich - leading to speculation that Pochettino's position could be under threat.

His side made light work of accommodating opponents on Tuesday, though, as goals from Kane and Son inside the opening 16 minutes gave them the platform for a first Champions League win of the season.

Son added a third in the 44th minute before Erik Lamela and Kane scored in the second half to help Spurs move up to second in Group B, five points behind Bayern.

Spurs started on the front foot and went ahead in the ninth minute, Kane losing his marker at the near post and glancing Erik Lamela's inswinging corner past Milan Borjan.

Lamela was the provider again after 16 minutes, cutting back inside down the right and picking out Son at the far post, where the South Korean steered a powerful half-volley high into Borjan's net.

Borjan then twice prevented Spurs from increasing their advantage midway through the first half, superbly pawing away efforts from Tanguy Ndombele and Lamela.

There was little he could do about Spurs' third shortly before half-time, however, as Son coolly slotted past the keeper from eight yards after being played in by Ndombele.

Lamela spurned two glorious chances at the start of the second period before finally finding the back of the net in the 57th minute. The 27-year-old collected Serge Aurier's pass inside the area, spun away from his marker and blazed past Borjan.

The Red Star goalkeeper denied a clean-through Lamela soon after, while Son clipped into his side-netting after a surging run.

Kane got the better of Borjan in the 72nd minute, though, slotting into his left-hand corner from 10 yards to seal a dominant win that suggests Pochettino's players are still fighting for him. 

 

What does it mean? Don't write Spurs off just yet

Speaking ahead of this game, Kane said it could just take one positive result to turn Spurs' stuttering season around – this might be it. Pochettino will certainly breathe a little easier after a ruthless display that suggested there is still plenty of life left in a side that has been written off by many.

Lamela in fine form

The Argentina international was central to Spurs' success, putting in two delicious crosses that were clinically dispatched by Kane and Son in the early stages and scoring a superb fourth in the second half. 

Lloris' understudy looking shaky

Hugo Lloris' replacement, Paulo Gazzaniga, did not have a great deal to do but when called into action he hardly inspired confidence. Spurs fans will be hoping the France World Cup winner returns to action sooner rather than later.

What's next?

Tottenham return to Premier League action on Sunday with a daunting trip to leaders Liverpool, while Red Star are in domestic action against Radnik Surdulica a day earlier.

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde does not expect his side to have it all their own way against Slavia Prague in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The Czech Republic side earned a superb 1-1 draw away to Inter in their opening Group F game before succumbing to a 2-0 home defeat against Borussia Dortmund.

They now face LaLiga champions Barca twice in the space of a fortnight, with few expecting them to cause an upset against their more illustrious rivals.

Valverde has seen enough from Jindrich Trpisovsky's side to suggest they could cause problems for his outfit, though.

"We are looking forward to a game against a great rival, which has already demonstrated its strength in two Champions League games this season," he told a media conference.

"They do not turn their back and they approach games with many players in attack. They run a lot and the game is a fundamental one for both of us. 

"They are a dangerous team. They are a great team and you could see that in the Inter game. They played with personality and dominated the game.

"People may think that we are favourites, but it is an 11 against 11 game. They are a tough team and we will have to work hard."

Barca overcame Eibar 3-0 in LaLiga at the weekend, with Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez all on target.

Valverde would not be drawn on whether the trio would start against Slavia but believes their understanding will only get the better the more they play alongside each other.  

"I see the players talking, like everyone else," he added. "It's about understanding and that is achieved by playing together. The great players understand each other quickly."

Barca are second in Group F with four points from two games, behind Borussia Dortmund on goal difference.

They are without the injured Samuel Umtiti, Sergi Roberto, Carles Alena and Carles Perez for the trip to the Czech capital.

Rodri was forced off during Manchester City's Champions League match against Atalanta, with the Spain international suffering an apparent hamstring injury.

Shortly after Sergio Aguero had scored his second goal of the night from the penalty spot to put City 2-1 ahead, Rodri – playing again in the unfamiliar position of centre-back – missed a defensive header to let Atalanta forward Alejandro Gomez through on goal at the Etihad Stadium.

The former Atletico Madrid man recovered his ground to make a well-judged tackle but instantly raised his hand to gesture for treatment.

Rodri has impressed in holding midfield since becoming City's record signing in July, slotting into defence over the past week to cover for Pep Guardiola's centre-back shortage.

John Stones, fit again following a thigh problem, replaced Rodri against Atalanta, when Nicolas Otamendi returned to the bench after a back complaint.

First-choice central defender Aymeric Laporte is still recovering from knee surgery alongside winger Leroy Sane, while City announced earlier on Wednesday that full-back Oleksandr Zinchenko has sustained a knee injury of his own and will be assessed over the coming days to determine the extent of the damage.

Jurgen Klopp feels Liverpool's seven nominees for the Ballon d'Or are fully deserving of the accolade, though he does not feel any personal pride for the players' individual achievements.

Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum were all named on a 30-man shortlist for the annual award on Monday.

The nominations follow on from an incredible 2018-19 campaign for the Champions League winners, with Klopp's side also finishing second to Manchester City in a thrilling Premier League title race.

Speaking ahead of his team's European game against Genk on Wednesday, Klopp has no doubt Liverpool's stars are worthy contenders for the honour.

"It's nice. I don't understand or know too much about these kinds of things. When you win it is big but when you don't win it hopefully it doesn't hurt too much," Klopp told a news conference.

"It's a very good sign but after last season it is normal that a lot of players have to be nominated.

"I'm proud in general of the boys 100 per cent, but I didn't feel proud in that moment. I'm happy when they win things. I'm not sure if I should be proud in a moment like this, I had not so much to do with that. I'm proud of the football we play but no more."

Klopp is also unsure if the success of Liverpool's nominees will result in more top-level players wishing to join the club, though suggested none of his current squad will be leaving Anfield in the near future.

"Our seven players all deserve it. If that's the sign for us from now on, and if we will be a destination for players, I do not know," Klopp added.

"We all feel comfortable with each other, want to work together for the next couple of years or more. But we don't know, we will see what the future brings.

Liverpool sit second in Group E heading into Wednesday's clash in Belgium, having lost to Napoli before beating Salzburg. 

Despite making it to the final in 2017-18 and again last season, the Reds have won just one of their six away group stage matches under Klopp, who acknowledged that record must improve.

"Last year we were lucky the group was so tight that we could lose our away games and still have the chance to make it out of the group," Klopp said.

"That will not happen this year. We don't rely on home games all the time but obviously European nights at Anfield are really special. However, other teams can make a special atmosphere as well.

"We could have won away games, performance wise, but for reasons we didn't win. Historically it is not good, the last two years. We know we have to improve and we try again and again until it works out."

Manchester City full-back Oleksandr Zinchenko has sustained a knee injury, the Premier League champions have confirmed.

A timeframe has not been placed on when the Ukraine international might return to action, with City announcing ahead of Tuesday's Champions League match against Atalanta that he "will be assessed over the coming days to determine the extent of the problem".

"Everyone at City wishes Oleks a speedy recovery," the statement added.

There will be fears Zinchenko is the latest City player to fall victim to a serious knee problem, with Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte currently recuperating following surgery during the opening weeks of this season.

Zinchenko's own opportunity to establish himself as a reliable option at left-back for Pep Guardiola came after Benjamin Mendy underwent knee operations in each of the past two seasons, while Ilkay Gundogan sat out the majority of 2016-17 with a ruptured cruciate ligament.

After impressing in Mendy's absence last term as City won an unprecedented domestic treble in England, Zinchenko was rewarded with a contract extension running until the end of the 2023-24 campaign.

Mendy has returned to fitness, while Guardiola bolstered his options at left-back by re-signing City youth-team graduate Angelino from PSV during the close season.

Frank Lampard acknowledges Chelsea are still a "long way" behind Champions League opponents Ajax in terms of youth development.

Blues head coach Lampard has put his faith in a number of the club's academy graduates this season, with Chelsea serving a two-window transfer ban.

Centre-back Fikayo Tomori, midfielder Mason Mount, winger Callum Hudson-Odoi and striker Tammy Abraham are among a cadre of youngsters handed first-team opportunities.

However, Ajax - long heralded for their own production line - have again set the benchmark for European clubs after a squad laden with young talent reached the semi-finals of last season's Champions League.

"We've got a long way to go to claim the similarities," Lampard said on the eve of the Group H encounter in Amsterdam.

"It's great we have a good feeling at the club, in terms of the young players that have come through. I think it's long-deserved recognition for the academy itself and those players as well. 

"But we are at a place here that is steeped in history of bringing young players through, creating great teams with groups of young players over the years. 

"We have a long way to go to do that. But in the short term, I'm certainly happy and we need to continue working so that they continue their development, the young players."

Lampard was asked whether Chelsea's hierarchy had discussed emulating the Ajax model but warned against simply trying to copy the Dutch giants.

He said: "I am not privy to it, and I am sat here from afar so I wouldn't want to go into too much detail. 

"I think it is something that is not so smart, to copy a model from somewhere else in the world that looks like it has done from the outside. 

"I think we can sort of constantly re-evaluate ourselves and see where we can improve. I am certainly happy that ex-players are here, but I don't think that is the end. I think we have to keep pushing for results and performances on the pitch."

Despite lauding what Ajax achieved in the previous campaign, Lampard has urged his players not to feel any trepidation about the fixture against the Eredivisie champions.

"I respect the team. We saw the way this team played last year, and I know that the team has changed slightly," he explained.

"I am very aware of the new threats of the team and anywhere to travel in the Champions League is a difficult match. 

"They have won two games in the group convincingly, so definitely it is not a fact of being scared of Ajax. We have confidence in ourselves."

A late goal from substitute Dodo spared Shakhtar Donetsk's blushes as the Ukrainian champions salvaged a 2-2 draw at home to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Dinamo, who went into the game after 13 successive away defeats in the competition, looked to be heading to a famous victory after coming from behind to lead, but Dodo rescued a point 15 minutes from time.

The hosts made a bright start but were unable to maintain their level after Yevhen Konoplyanka's opening goal, and they found themselves pegged back by a Dinamo side led by the influential Mislav Orsic and Dani Olmo, who combined when the Spaniard levelled in the 25th minute.

Orsic – who netted a hat-trick on matchday one against Atalanta and also at the weekend – put his side ahead from the spot with an hour played and that looked as though it would be enough, but Brazilian youngster Dodo struck in style to leave both sides on four points from three games in Group C.

Shakhtar first threatened in the 13th minute when only a vital last-ditch intervention from Emir Dilaver prevented Junior Moraes prodding in.

The visitors were breached soon after, however, as Konoplyanka swept past Dominik Livakovic after being found in the box by Marlos.

But Dinamo, who gradually improved after falling behind, levelled just before the half-hour mark – Olmo arriving late and steering in from close range following Orsic's brilliant delivery.

The lively Orsic almost put Dinamo ahead in spectacular fashion just after the break, but the post came to Shakhtar's rescue after the forward's stunning run from inside his own half.

Orsic got his goal with an hour on the clock, confidently smashing home a penalty after Andriy Pyatov bafflingly pulled Mario Gavranovic to the floor from behind at a corner.

But Dodo, introduced for Konoplyanka in the 66th minute, collected an incisive pass from Alan Patrick and finished coolly after skipping past Livakovic to earn a point for Shakhtar, who had a lucky escape when Olmo hit the right-hand post in the final minute.

 

What does it mean? A missed opportunity for both

There is no doubt Dinamo and Shakhtar will be left ruing two points dropped in this contest.

While Shakhtar would have always expected to beat Dinamo at home, the visitors were the better side for much of the match. They will not get many better opportunities to end that losing streak on the road.

Awesome Orsic drives Dinamo forward

Orsic has been in fine form this season and once again he was a major source of inspiration for Dinamo, setting up Olmo and then getting a deserved goal from the spot shortly after the upright denied what would have been a memorable solo effort.

Pyatov almost costs Shakhtar

The bemusing decision to pull Gavranovic to the ground away from the ball nearly consigned Shakhtar to defeat. It is difficult to understand the thought process behind Pyatov's actions in that moment – luckily Dodo spared him absolute blame.

What's next?

These two return to Champions League action on November 6 when they meet again in Zagreb. Shakhtar face Oleksandria, Dynamo Kiev and Karpaty Lviv before then, while Dinamo meet Osijek, Opatija and Inter Zapresic.

Alvaro Morata moved Atletico Madrid a step closer to the Champions League knockout phase by securing a 1-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday.

Diego Simeone's side had gone four home matches in all competitions without a win and had only scored once in their past three games at Wanda Metropolitano.

They rarely looked like ending that particular run against a Leverkusen side who lost their first two Group D matches and were beaten 3-0 by Eintracht Frankfurt last Friday, until Morata's powerful 78th-minute header proved too much for Lukas Hradecky.

Atletico lost Jose Gimenez to injury after only 15 minutes but Jan Oblak's goal was relatively untroubled, despite the visitors enjoying most of the first-half possession.

Hradecky made a routine stop from a Renan Lodi shot but Simeone's forward line seemed blunted without the injured Joao Felix, with Diego Costa's frustrations compounded when he went to ground easily under pressure from Mitchell Weiser and failed to win a penalty.

Simeone threw on Morata for Koke with 20 minutes left in a bid to spark life into the attack, and the former Chelsea striker made a swift impact when he pressured Hradecky into clearing a simple ball out of play.

And Morata made the all-important breakthrough, heading home only his second goal of the season from six yards out after meeting Lodi's cross from the left.

 

What does it mean? Atleti closing in on last 16

The win puts Atletico on seven points from three games and gives them a promising chance of reaching the next round, even though two of their remaining three group games are away.

Leverkusen, meanwhile, are bottom of the table after three defeats in a row, leaving their hopes of progressing hanging by a thread, with Lokomotiv Moscow on three points and Juventus on four ahead of their meeting in Turin.

Morata makes the difference at last

Morata's last Champions League goal was against Atletico for Chelsea back in September 2017. This could be a hugely important one in terms of getting him back to form.

Havertz helpless

Leverkusen's highly prized 20-year-old Kai Havertz offered next to no threat in his 76 minutes on the pitch, with no shots and no chances created from the number 10 position.

What's next?

These teams meet again on matchday four on November 6 in Leverkusen. More immediately, Atletico host Athletic Bilbao in LaLiga on Saturday, when Leverkusen take on Werder Bremen.

Phil Foden will start Manchester City's Champions League Group C match against Atalanta at the Etihad Stadium.

The England Under-21 international's only previous appearance in a first XI this season came when City beat Preston North End 3-0 in the EFL Cup last month.

Nevertheless, there has been a growing clamour for Pep Guardiola to grant more meaningful minutes to boyhood City fan Foden, 19, who came off the bench to complete the scoring in the 2-0 Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb.

Foden lines up alongside Kevin De Bruyne in an attacking midfield position for the Premier League champions, with Guardiola once more leaving fit-again John Stones on the bench and selecting defensive midfield duo Rodri and Fernandinho at centre-back.

The pair contributed to a clean sheet in a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace last time out, while Kyle Walker returns from a bout of illness at right-back.

Sergio Aguero and Riyad Mahrez bolster Guardiola's frontline, with Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus dropping to the bench alongside club captain David Silva.

In contrast to City's 100 per cent record in the round-robin stage, Serie A entertainers Atalanta are yet to pick up a point and Gian Piero Gasperini has plumped for Josip Ilicic ahead of Luis Muriel in attack, despite the Colombia international netting a brace in Sunday's dramatic 3-3 draw at Lazio.

Ilicic is likely to feature at the centre of the visitors' front line as a false nine, with Ruslan Malinovskiy keeping his place out wide.

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