Monday, December 9, 2013

Bayern Munich vs Manchester City Champions League 10 December, 2013

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Tuesday, 10 December 2013, 20:45 CET - 7:45 P.M. GMT
Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany

       In this season Bayern is also playing relentlessly, efficiently and very tight in defence which means that they are again playing as champions, so it appears that they will again defend two or three trophies which they won last season. They are still undefeated, and very few teams can boast that they were close or possibly better in the field than them. They played two draws in two championship matches in which they dominated, but were not as efficient as they are usually. This definitely was not the case on Saturday in Bremen, where they filled the network of Werder with seven balls.
They have completely destroyed their opponents from all positions, because the goals were achieved by six different players, with one own goal. Lahm, Robben were absent while Dante remained on the bench. Now it is certain that Schweinsteiger and Robben will not be able to play, while Lahm is recovered, but coach Guardiola will decide if he is going to send him to the field immediately.
        Manchester City team have done well in Europe if you consider that in the previous two editions they were eliminated in the group stages. The Citizen have lost four of their eight away games in the Premier League this term but if they do manage to beat Bayern by three clear goals (or a two goal margin of any scoreline other than 2-0 or 3-1) they will finish top of Group D, thus giving themselves the chance of a better draw in the next round.
Pellegrini has suggested that he will rest some of his big names and Kompany is one of those players likely to be rested. David Silva is expected to be available after recovering from the calf injury which has kept him out of action for the last four weeks. Both Hart and Dzeko should be in the first 11 while Jovetic and  Nastasic are injured and Yaya Toure serves a one-match ban.
Bayern have the best defensive record in the competition so far this term, having conceded just two. When they met earlier at the Etihad, it was over four goals as Bayern came out 3-1 winners. Then Manchester City were simply outplayed and outclassed by the German side.
Pellegrini has never managed to get a win over Pep Guardiola in his time with Villarreal,  Real Madrid and Malaga. While, in his time with Barcelona, Guardiola faced english sides nine times and never lost one of them.

Possible line-ups:
Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Rafinha, Van Buyten, Boateng, Kirchhoff; Shaqiri, Kroos; Thiago Alcantara, Götze, Müller; Mandžukić.
Manchester City (4-4-2): Hart; Richards, Demichelis, Lescott, Clichy; Milner, Garcia, Rodwell, Nasri; Džeko, Negredo.

Football: Champions League: 6th matchday, Group D
Referee:‬ David Fernández‎ 

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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