Both clubs are having a fantastic start to the season in their respective leagues and tonight’s match could stamp the arrival of the blues on the European front. On paper it looks like a very easy match for Bavarian club considering their history in the competition, however, after an equally amazing season last year, Man City have shown that they are not in the competition by default.
After a very audacious buying spree this past summer that netted the services of world class strikers like Sergio Aguerro and Edin Dzeko and midfielder Jerome Boateng, Manchester City could give anyof the 32 teams in the competition a run for their money.
Both teams come into the match with perfect records buoyed by their recent leagues wins this past weekend. Bayern were 3-0 winners over 04 Leverkusen while Man City were 2-0 winners over 04 Leverkusen.
Although Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes paid glowing tribute to City saying that “they will be a big challenge”, the coach was quick to point out that his side were equally strong and ready for the match.
In the ten matches played so far this season, Bayern have scored 26 goals, winning 9 and losing only once. Their last loss came in August 7th when they were beaten by Borussia Mochengladbach 1-0. Since then the club has gone on to keep a clean sheet in all competitions.
City on the other hand have a strike force that could make any defense crumble at their sight. Respect is mutual among both coaches as Roberto Mancini was also quick to note the pedigree of the German side.
“It is fantastic to play against a club like Bayern. We do not want to lose the game, that is for sure. We want to win it – as we always want to win. But we have to improve a lot. We are a good team already, but if we want to become a team like Bayern, to become part of the history of football, we have to learn a lot.”
The good news for Bayern is they will be playing at home and the return of Arjen Robben, Mario Gomez and Daniel Van Buyten will be welcome news. Injuries will however, keep Olic ad Breno out and Badstuber is a major doubt as he is suffering from the flu.
Mancini will not have the services of Balotelli as he is suspended while Nigel De Jong is still out with an ankle Injury.
Bayern Munich 2 Manchester City 1
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