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UEFA Champions League

  • 7 December 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Referee: S. Lannoy
  • • Attendance: 46002

Manchester City - Bayern Munich Preview: Roberto Mancini's men face uphill struggle to qualify for next round of Champions League

Manchester City - Bayern Munich Preview: Roberto Mancini's men face uphill struggle to qualify for next round of Champions League

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Hosts are reliant on results elsewhere to ensure progression to the knockout stages of the competition, but still need to take three points from the German side on Wednesday



Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy
Barry, Yaya Toure, Milner
Silva, Dzeko, Aguero


Rafinha, Van Buyten, Badstuber, Lahm
Luiz Gustavo, Tymoshchuk
Muller, Alaba, Ribery

Manchester City have a full squad to select from, so it will come down to Roberto Mancini picking his best XI, or at least the team he feels he needs to stop the German side from repeating their dominant display in Munich. Samir Nasri may be the player to miss out with Edin Dzeko looking set to return to the lineup.

For Bayern, Arjen Robben and Toni Kroos are both out with flu and have not flown to England, while Thomas Muller could miss out as he is suffering from a cold.

However, Bayern could also field a slightly weakened team as they have already qualified for the knockout stages, with Mario Gomez set to be replaced by Ivica Olic.

  • Manchester City’s 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena in September is the only time the Premier League leaders have failed to score this season in their 23 matches.
  • For City to progress, they will have to beat Bayern and hope that Villarreal – who have yet to take a point this season in the competition – do not get beaten by second-placed Napoli at home.
  • Bayern Munich’s last visit to England ended in elimination for City’s neighbours Manchester United as the English side went out on away goals.
  • Samir Nasri and Franck Ribery have played together for France and at Marseille.
  • Ribery has been fouled 23 times in five games so far in this year’s Champions League, more than any other player.
  • Both teams have four players nominated for the FIFA FIFPro World XI. City’s four players are: Vincent Kompany, David Silva, Yaya Toure and Serio Aguero. Bayern’s players are: Manuel Neuer, Phillipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Gomez.
  • Manuel Neuer won €500,000 (£427,000) for charity last month in the German version of the ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’ television show.
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Players to watch

David Silva

Position: Midfielder

Games: 6

  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
The Spaniard has been in fine form this season, and has stated his belief that City can still win the Champions League. He will need to be at his creative best in the centre, and hope for Villarreal to pick up their first points of the season in Europe for that to materialise.

T. Müller

Position: Attacker

Games: 7

  • 3
  • 0
  • 0
The attacking midfielder will be familiar to English audiences after his stunning displays in last year's World Cup, including a virtuoso performance and two goals against the Three Lions. With Robben and Gomez out, the German will be the one looking to threaten City's backline the most.

Editor's Prediction

With Bayern already having qualified, they may ease off a little in this match, and with City having to get a win to have a chance of qualifying, they’ll be going gung-ho in the last 15 minutes if the result isn’t going for them.

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