Prematch: FC Bayern München vs Manchester City

“I want a team who are there to win the game,” Pep warns against complacency during UCL second leg quarterfinal playoff.

Published: April 18, 2023 23:29


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Champions League
19 Apr 21:00

In short

After being eliminated in the opening leg of their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal tie against Manchester City, FC Bayern Munich are back hoping to make up an early three goal deficit against them in this encounter at Allianz Arena on April 19. Referee Clement Turpin from France will oversee proceedings alongside VAR Jerome Brisard from France.

Bayern Munich Aim to Overcome 3-Goal Deficit vs Manchester City in UCL Showdown

Bayern Munich are back at their star-studded arena of champions following a 1-1 draw against Hoffenheim over the weekend, seeking to overturn a three-goal deficit after falling 3-0 against Manchester City in the first leg. Thomas Tuchel made his UEFA Champions League debut with Bayern, but goals from Rodri [27′], Erling Haaland [76′], and Bernardo Silva [70′] ensured it would not be forgotten in an instant. FC Hollywood are winless in two matches across all competitions and have lost both meetings with Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League. “This game won’t end until we hit the showers,” stated a tenacious Thomas Tuchel of Bayern Munich as they aim to become only the fifth club ever to make progress from two-legged fixtures even when losing by three goals or more in either leg. One should anticipate a 4–2–3-1 with Serge Gnabry spearheading their attack when facing Manchester City, although Dayot Upamecano may find himself being dropped due to an inconsistent showing at Manchester on Saturday. Tuchel may opt to keep Dayot in but may take into consideration dropping him for Serge Gnabry here instead of keeping Dayot in. Kimmich and Mazraoui would miss their next match should they receive any bookings while Kimmich and Mazraoui would miss their scheduled matches should they receive any cautions.

Manchester City Aim for UCL Semi-Finals with 10 Wins in a Row and 9 Undefeated Games Against German Opposition

Manchester City have set themselves a formidable task and head into Munich armed with an advantage of three goals, hoping to complete it and advance to the UCL semi-finals. After suffering late wobble at Leicester, they still managed to pull off an emphatic 3-1 win with Erling Haaland scoring twice to put Manchester City through. Manchester City [WWWWW] have won their last ten games across all competitions and hope to defend their three goal lead from the first leg. Furthermore, City are undefeated against German opposition in nine knockout phase UEFA Champions League knockout matches [8W, 1D, 0L]. Additionally, in their last 20 games against German opposition in the UEFA Champions League they have only experienced defeat once, winning 16 wins, three draws and only conceding once – this includes Pep’s three matches against Thomas Tuchel without conceding one goal per match! Pep will aim for another victory and shutout here. “I need a team who wants to win. I know what it’s like against Bayern Munich; if you are passive you will suffer,” Pep said on Sunday. A 4-2-2–3–1 formation may be employed with Erling Haaland leading the scoring at 11 goals while Manuel Akanji could miss his next match due to being booked.

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