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Micah Richards wary of Bayern threat

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Manchester City face the reigning European champions Bayern Munich on Wednesday night at the Etihad Stadium, fresh off the back of surprising defeat in the Premier League - losing 3-2 away to Aston Villa.

Despite the poor result, City had been in good form at home, previously putting their neighbours Manchester United to the sword, winning 4-1 - making it three home league wins on the bounce.

Manchester City kicked their Champions League campaign off with a win against Viktoria Plzen, beating them 3-0, but the visit of Pep Guardiola's side pose a huge threat to their unbeaten home record.

Despite the wealth of talent Bayern Munich can count on, Richards insists his side do not fear the Bundesliga champions and admits these are the games you want to play in.

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Richards said: "They have two of the most dangerous wingers in the world in Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, apart from maybe Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, so whoever plays will have their hands full.

"But if we play like we did against United, we will give them a good game.

"You want to play against the best and Ribery is on top form, so whoever plays will have to be in top form – he is their stand-out player, but they have top players all over the shop.

"We don’t want to get too excited. No disrespect to United, as they are a fantastic team, but on paper Bayern are a better team at this moment in time – they are the reigning champions, so we have to respect that, but we don’t fear anyone."

The two teams previously met in the group stage in 2011, where the German side ran out 2-0 winners at the Allianz Arena, but Manchester overcame Bayern by the same margin at home.

Munich are expected to arrive at the Etihad without injured Spaniards Javi Martinez and Tiago Alcantara and have overhanging doubts about the fitness of summer recruit Mario Gotze.

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