Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus have been left sweating on their places against Chelsea after Pep Guardiola admitted he doesn’t know what his strongest attack is.
Premier League leaders Manchester City travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday to take on the reigning champions.
Guardiola’s side have been irresistible so far this season – scoring 16 in their last three league games.
They continued their impressive form on Tuesday with a 2-0 win against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.
But with Aguero, Jesus, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva to choose from, Guardiola insists he could play any combination against Chelsea.
“I have a lot of confidence in five or six players,” said the City manager. “When playing with Sergio or Gabriel we have a lot of confidence.
“Bernardo is an extraordinarily good player. A perfect player.
“I have a lot of confidence in them all. I sleep well in that respect.”
Jesus was substituted after 55 minutes following one of his least effective performances in a City shirt.
Aguero, meanwhile, failed to equal Eric Brook’s all-time City record of 177 goals when his second half penalty was saved by Andriy Pyatov.
But Guardiola showed little concern about the missed spot kick.
“It doesn’t matter, the next time he is going to score a goal,” he said. “That (the record) is going to happen.
“It doesn’t matter today or tomorrow.
“He doesn’t need 50 goals to break a record just one. The moment it happens ask me about it.”
Chelsea represent the sternest test of City’s title credentials having taken six points off Guardiola’s side last season.
But the Catalan believes his team are heading into the match in the best possible mindset, following victory against Shakhtar.
“We beat an amazing team,” he said. “It was an extraordinary performance in the second half – but in first half we couldn’t allow them to make their amazing build-up.
“They are a machine and well organised defensively. A lot of credit for our victory.
“It was a big victory for us and the next step Napoli. Big congratulations for everybody.
“In the second half we created a lot of chances and missed a penalty.
“We showed a lot of maturity.
“With 15 minutes left, you miss a penalty and anything can happen.
“They are a tough team to play. Shakhtar are always in the Champions League and go through.
“That’s why I’m so satisfied.
“I told the players they beat one of the best teams in the way they play.”
Antonio Conte helped Spartak Moscow upset Liverpool
Spartak Moscow 1 – Liverpool 1
It was another disappointing night for Liverpool in the Champions League.
When Liverpool where drawn into Group E, many instantly reacted that the Reds have avoided one of the groups of death this season.
But after two rounds of UCL matches, are Liverpool screwing things up?
Jurgen Klopp’s side were held to a 2-2 draw by Sevilla at Anfield on matchday one, and Spartak Moscow took a point off the Reds on Tuesday night in Russia.
Spartak took the lead midway through the first half. Fernando lashed home a free-kick, however many were quick to point fingers at Loris Karius for not doing better in the Liverpool goal.
Liverpool responded through a lovely goal from Philippe Coutinho after the half hour, but the Reds failed to kick on to find a winner.
Antonio Conte helped Spartak
It’s since come to light that Chelsea boss Antonio Conte helped Spartak Moscow upset Liverpool.
That was confirmed by Spartak manager Massimo Carrera.
Carrera has a long history with Conte. They played together at Juventus before Carrera became Conte’s coaching assistant in Turin and, later, within the Italy national team.
Prior to the Liverpool game, Carrera confirmed how he sought advice from Conte on how to best combat Liverpool. The Spartak boss said:
I did call him the other day but it’s not just Liverpool we discussed. We talked about our families, private matters and all that. Liverpool were also mentioned, of course.
No need to point out any of the players – all of them are of exceptional quality. But it doesn’t change anything, our task is to neutralise them all and play to our strengths.