with Julián Álvarez as the starter
, receives Burnley in the match that will open the quarterfinal round of the FA Cup, one of the three tournaments that the team led by Josep Guardiola is still aspiring to this season.
The match is broadcast on ESPN and on the Star+ platform.
City comes from starring in a stellar performance on Tuesday, when they beat Leipzig 7-0, with five goals from Norwegian Erling Haaland, to advance to the quarterfinals of the Champions League, an instance in which they must face Bayern Munich.
In addition, he is second in the Premier League, five units behind the leader Arsenal.
While they are excited about these two titles, the Manchester team is also fighting for the FA Cup. This Saturday they will try to take the penultimate step against an opponent who leads the Football League Championship (the second English division) with a 13-point advantage over Sheffield United, nine days before the end of the tournament, and that of his last 23 duels he only lost one (against Manchester United in December for the League Cup).
After his magical night against Leipzig, Haaland will wait for his chance on the substitute bench this Saturday.
Guardiola will give confidence and minutes to Julián Álvarez, who this week extended his contract with the club until 2028.
The match is sure to provide an emotional moment, as the visiting team is led by City legend Vincent Kompany, Belgian, who wore the light blue jersey for 11 seasons (8 as captain) and won four Premier League titles.
The respect and affection for him is so strong that in August 2021 a statue of him was placed outside the Etihad Stadium.
The quarterfinals of the FA Cup will be completed on Sunday with another three games.
In the most attractive, the other favorite to win the tournament, Manchester United (will not have Alejandro Garnacho, injured), will host Fulham.
In addition, Alexis MacAllister's Brighton & Hove Albion will be home to the surprise of the tournament, Grimsby Town, who plays in the fourth division;
and Sheffield United will clash with Blackburn Rovers in a duel between second division teams.
Etihad Stadium (Manchester).
ESPN and Star+.
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