Manchester City meet again with Bayern Munich on Wednesday evening, but after a slow start in domestic league an impressive performance is needed to prove that their new high reputation is still there at the club.
The Premier League tittle-holders Manchester City have already met with the German giant [Bayern] last year in the Champions League Group Stages, and it was "50-50", as City ran out 3-2 winners at the Allianz Arena but endured a 3-1 loss at the Etihad Stadium.
Tonight both teams will meet in Munich and many think that it will go the same way as last year, but, are Man City the team they were last season, can they beat the 24 times Bundesliga Champions again?
Well, after a slow start in the Premier League this season, with a loss at home to Stoke City and most recently a 2-2 draw against Arsenal, the question mark is difficult to erase.
And Bayern who started this Bundesliga season with two wins and one draw in their first-three matches look very threatening, and their run in Champions League is popular enough to think they will go far inc the tournament again and, perhaps, win it again after their latest in 2013.
But Manchester City who only managed to go as far as the last 16 round since they joined back the elite tournament in the 2011-2012 season was the best they achieved after just over 40 years of absence.
Moreover, Bayern Munich added to their team some top qualities in every area of the park with the likes of Xabi Alonso (£9m) in midfield; Mehdi Benatia (£25m) and Juan Bernat (£9m) who now give an extra strength defensively; and Robert Lewandowski who joined on a free transfer from big rivals Dortmund to compensate the loss of Mario Mandžukić.
Man City also added to their side with French defender Eliaquim Mangala for £35million; Frank Lampard who joined on loan and will add some stability in midfield and Bacary Sagna who left Arsenal on a free transfer too.
Tonight's clash will be a real test for both side, Manchester City will then be able to test their strength in elite football and see if there's any improvement from previous seasons, and, Bayern will looking for more perfection to evaluate if a final is still reachable, as Manchester City is still a big fish to beat.
It will be an entertaining match for sure tonight at the Allianz Arena and both team have good chances to run out winners, but Bayern's new signings are likely to push the German for the win and stop City of any potential opportunity to score, it will be a tough task for Manuel Pellegrini's men.
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