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UEFA Champions League

  • December 7, 2011
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Referee: S. Lannoy
  • • Attendance: 46002

Champions League Preview: Manchester City - Bayern Munich

The host is 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.



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


Rafinha, Boateng, Badstuber, Contento
Luiz Gustavo, Tymoshchuk
Olic, Alaba, Usami

Manchester City has a full squad to select from, so it will come down to Roberto Mancini picking the team he feels is most suitable to stop the German side from repeating its dominant display in Munich.

Samir Nasri may be the player to miss out, with Edin Dzeko looking set to return to the line-up. Mancini has an interesting choice to make in the full-back slots, where Gael Clichy is likely to be given the nod on the left.

For Bayern Munich, Thomas Muller and Mario Gomez are suffering the flu, but both could feature, having made the trip to England. Arjen Robben and Toni Kroos have also been struck down with flu and remained in Munich to recover.

Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger remains sidelined with a fractured clavicle, and defender Daniel van Buyten is also nursing a knock. Philipp Lahm may also be given a rest, meaning Diego Contento could feature on the left of defense.

  • Manchester City’s 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena in September is the only time the Premier League leader has failed to score this season in its 23 matches.
  • For City to progress, it will have to beat Bayern and hope that Villarreal – which has yet to take a point this season in the competition – is able to deny second-placed Napoli at home.
  • Bayern's last visit to England ended in elimination for City’s neighbors Manchester United as the English side went out on away goals in the quarterfinals of the 2009-10 campaign.
  • Both teams have four players nominated for the FIFPro World XI. City’s four players are Vincent Kompany, David Silva, Yaya Toure and Serio Aguero.
  • Bayern’s players are Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Gomez.
  • Manuel Neuer won 500,000 euros 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
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
33Mario GomezStriker
Players to Watch
David Silva
David Silva
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Thomas Müller
Thomas Müller
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 25
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

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