Team news news: so, Rodri and Fernandinho remain at centre-back for City, while the inclusion of Phil Foden is exciting as Pep Guardiola makes four changes from victory over Crystal Palace. This is Foden’s second start of the season and only his 16th in all competitions. As for Atalanta, a familiar face in Marten de Roon, who joined the Serie A club from Middlesbrough two years ago.
Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Fernandinho, Rodri, Mendy; Gündogan, De Bruyne, Foden; Mahrez, Agüero, Sterling
Subs: Bravo, Stones, Jesus, B Silva, D Silva, Cancelo, Otamendi
Atalanta (3-4-1-2): Gollini; Toloi, Djimsiti, Masiello; Castagne, Freuler, De Roon, Gosens; Malinovskiy; Papu Gomez, Ilicic
Subs: Sportiello, Ibañez, Hateboer, Arana, Pasalic, Barrow, Muriel
Referee: Oriel Grinfeld (Israel)
Pep Guardiola says Manchester City are still not big enough and ugly enough to win the Champions League, so that’s that then? Not exactly. Victory over Atalanta will maintain their flawless 100% start in Group C, in which they are yet to concede a goal. After brushing aside Shakhtar Donetsk and Dinamo Zagreb, City entertain the Serie A side, who sit bottom of the group, with Guardiola trumpeting the importance of preserving their perfect defensive record if they are to go deep into the competition. How Atalanta must wish they could field Rodri and Fernandinho at the heart of an unorthodox defensive line, having surrendered a three-goal lead at Lazio last time out, in turn having to settle for a point, while Gian Piero Gasperini’s side, who finished third in Serie A last season, conceded four in Croatia on their Champions League debut. It is difficult to envisage City making anything other than light work of the task at hand but Guardiola insists it will not be a procession. “Two times in the Champions League we went out on away goals,” Guardiola muttered. “In both games we conceded a lot of goals. In this competition you play against incredible players and, if you give some teams one moment, a metre, they will score. We have to know that. When you play good, you defend less. When you don’t play good, you concede a lot.”
Kick-off: 8pm (BST)