The final match of the group stage between the heavyweights of England and Germany respectively sees the pair already qualified for the knockout stages, though Manuel Pellegrini’s men could steal the top spot in Group D with a surprise 3-0 win or better at the Allianz Arena.
Whilst success is improbable against the defending European champions on their home turf, the Citizens will be inclined to have a concerted go at securing a weaker opponent for the round of 16.
Pellegrini naming Dzeko amongst the starters provoked a mixed reaction from City fans on Twitter, many implying that his having been picked shows a lack of ambition from the Chilean manager in what could be a useful game in the side’s development.
The Bosnian has been bemoaned as “lazy” and “inconsistent” throughout the campaign en route to five goals in eight starts between the Premier League and continental play, tipped for an imminent exit from the Etihad Stadium in sitting behind Alvaro Negredo on the pecking order to get minutes alongside Sergio Aguero.
However, today, he starts up front for City against the German treble-winners of a season ago in a bid to prove his worth to his current employers.
Following are the reactions of fans on Twitter to the news of Dzeko’s starting berth:
City have no chance dzeko is starting— Denyan oday (@odaydenyan) December 10, 2013
“@sheshengi: Why start a Dzeko? Manuel why?”asin I'm crying.— Ms_balogun (@soyepee) December 10, 2013
Dzeko up front on his own? I love the man but god have mercy.. #mcfc— Hayley R Hughes (@MCRhayley) December 10, 2013
Why you'd start Dzeko over Negredo or Aguero is beyond me— callum crane (@callumcrane3) December 10, 2013
Dzeko better do something tonight, so frustrating— Agüero (@ChrisHartleyy) December 10, 2013
We saving the big boys for weekend I see.. With Garcia, kolorov and Dzeko all starting.. Not a prayer tonight. Gonna get roasted with them 3— Mark Anthony Dodd (@Vhero) December 10, 2013