Manchester City v Bayern Munich: Big Match preview


Manchester City v Bayern Munich

UEFA Champions League; Etihad Stadium; Weds, 7th Dec, 2011; 1945 KO

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Micah Richards is a doubt for the Citizens, with the England defender struggling with a calf problem. Pablo Zabaletta could replace the full-back.

Gael Clichy is expected to continue at left-back in the absence of Aleksandar Kolarov .

Arjen Robben and Toni Kroos are both out for the visitors, with the winger and midfielder suffering from flu.

Thomas Muller and Mario Gomez have also been struck-down by the illness, but should be available.

City will 'never say never'

Roberto Mancini admits mistakes have been made in Manchester City's Champions League campaign, but that they will be looking for victory against Bayern Munich and hoping for the best in Spain.

The Citizens know three points might not be enough to progress from Group A, with Villarreal needing to hold Napoli to a draw at El Madrigal to open the door for the Barclays Premier League leaders.

And, whilst it remains an unlikely conundrum (the Yellow Submarine are yet to claim a point in the competition), City will be playing to the end and hoping for the best.

"After the draw we knew that it would be a difficult group and I think we made some mistakes in this group. But we have another game - never say never. I think we should think only of beating Bayern Munich," said Mancini.

"Afterwards, if we have a good result from Villarreal, it would be good. I think that if we go through we will be a problem for the other teams. If we win and Napoli don't beat Villarreal, for us it will be an important moment.

"I think we are better than Napoli as a team but Napoli beat us in Naples and if they win in Villarreal they deserve to go through. We should accept that."

For Munich, manager Jupp Heynckes insists his side won't be taking it easy despite their position at the top of the table being assured already.

The Bundesliga leaders have claimed 13 points thus far, and will be looking for a repeat of the win at the Allianz Arena.

"Tomorrow's a big match between the leaders of their respective leagues - which is always a matter of prestige," he added.

"Then there's the question of the win bonus and the UEFA ratings too, so it's an important match for Bayern."

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