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  • 8 December 2011
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  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
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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


PROBABLE LINEUPS

MANCHESTER CITY

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

BAYERN MUNICH

Neuer
Lahm, Badstuber, Van Buyten, Boateng
Luis Gustavo, Alba
Robben, Kroos, Ribery
Gomez

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, while Mancini has an interesting choice to make in the full-back slots as Bayern winger Arjen Robben is in fine form, coming off the bench to score twice at the weekend.

For Bayern, Thomas Mueller could miss out as he is suffering from a cold. He could yet make the starting lineup, but don’t be surprised to see Toni Kroos playing just off Mario Gomez.

However, Bayern could also field a slightly weakened team as they have already qualified for the knockout stages.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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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Available Squads
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
4Vincent KompanyDefender
6Joleon LescottDefender
15Stefan SavicDefender
22Gael ClichyDefender
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
8Samir NasriMidfielder
21David SilvaStriker
42Yaya Touré Midfielder
10Edin DzekoStriker
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
4Kolo ToureDefender
7James MilnerMidfielder
11Adam JohnsonMidfielder
34Nigel De JongMidfielder
45Mario BalotelliStriker
22Hans-Jörg ButtGoalkeeper
13RafinhaMidfielder
17Jerome BoatengDefender
26Diego ContentoDefender
27David AlabaMidfielder
28Holger BadstuberDefender
23Danijel PranjicMidfielder
22Luiz GustavoMidfielder
44Anatoliy TymoshchukMidfielder
24Nils PetersenStriker
11Ivica OlicStriker
1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
-Daniel Van BuytenDefender
21Philipp LahmDefender
7Franck RibéryMidfielder
39Takashi UsamiStriker
25Thomas MüllerStriker
33M. GómezStriker
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David Silva
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Squad Number: 21
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Thomas Müller
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 25
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0

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