New Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has laid down an early marker of a massive change by leaving Joe Hart of this evening’s Premier League match against Sunderland.
Guardiola is believed to be interested in Barcelona’s Marc-André ter Stegen, however it is still a massive indicator as to how little he trusts Hart that he doesn’t want him in the Manchester City starting lineup at all.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 13, 2016
Usual backup Willy Caballero has instead been selected, the 34-year-old’s first league appearance since the 4-0 win away at Bournemouth in April.
John Stones is also given an early chance to impress following his £47.5 move from Everton, but Leroy Sané is not yet fit enough to participate while Ilkay Gundogan will be out until September.
Forward Nolito is also selected from the start in a very attack-minded lineup from Guardiola.
Sunderland, meanwhile, also have a new manager. Davd Moyes is back in England with a point to prove, and following his dismal stint at Manchester United manager, knows he now faces a battle to restore his reputation.
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) August 13, 2016
For his first competitive match as Sunderland manager, Moyes has named just one of new signings in the starting lineup. Donald Love starts at right back, with Papy Djilobodji, Paddy McNair and Adnan Januzaj all on the bench.
Sam Allardyce had successfully trained Jermain Defoe to become a lone striker and that is something Moyes is looking to utilise, with Fabio Borini and Duncan Watmore either side of the former England international.
20-year-old midfielder Lynden Gooch makes his Premier League debut, while Lamine Koné, who handed in a transfer request in midweek, also starts for the away side.
Last Season: Manchester City 4 (Sterling, Bony, Touré, De Bruyne) – Sunderland 1 (Borini)
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