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Manchester City Fans Surprised at Pep Guardiola's UEFA Super Cup Lineup with Sevilla

Pep Guardiola announces Manchester City's starting XI for UEFA Super Cup, drawing attention with his lineup choices.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed his starting lineup for the UEFA Super Cup match against Sevilla on August 16th. This decision has caused some surprise among fans.

Manchester City, who won the treble last season, are participating in the Super Cup for the first time after winning the UEFA Champions League. On the other hand, Sevilla, who won the UEFA Europa League, are playing in their fifth Super Cup and previously won the competition in 2005.

Guardiola's starting XI for the match includes Ederson as the goalkeeper. The defensive line consists of Kyle Walker, Manuel Akanji, Josko Gvardiol, and Nathan Ake. In midfield, Rodri, Mateo Kovacic, Phil Foden, Cole Palmer, and Jack Grealish will be playing. Erling Haaland will be the lone forward.

One fan expressed confusion over the absence of Julian Alvarez, expressing their surprise on Twitter.

Defender Aymeric Laporte, who is rumored to be joining Saudi Pro League side Al-Nassr, was not included in the starting lineup, as expected.

Manchester City had an exceptional 2022-23 season, becoming only the second English team to win the continental treble, following in the footsteps of Manchester United in 1998-99.

However, midfielder Rodri emphasized that the team is not complacent and is determined to win more titles, especially the Super Cup against Sevilla. He highlighted the team's hunger and desire to win, stating that they were disappointed with their loss to Arsenal in the Community Shield.

Rodri also mentioned the team's ambitions to break records, including winning four consecutive Premier League titles. He emphasized the importance of every final and title, including the Super Cup, as it holds significance for him personally as the first trophy he won as a player. He believes that winning the Super Cup will further establish Manchester City's reputation in Europe.

Manchester City began their 2023-24 season with a penalty shootout defeat to Arsenal in the Community Shield. However, they started their pursuit of an unprecedented fourth consecutive Premier League title with a convincing 3-0 victory against Burnley.

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