Man City are fighting for a position in the Champions League, on November 25th.
and Bayern Munich
will meet again in a European dispute, which became the usual in the last few years within the group phase of the UEFA Champions League
. This is the third time the two teams face each other since 2011 at the Etihad Stadium, after having met this past mid-September on the Allianz Arena, when the Bavarian team barely managed to win after a last minute goal of the defensive player Boateng.
The two teams will get to this match with opposing situations and necessities, after having lived a similar situation the previous two seasons, with highly different results. In the 2012-2013 season, both Bayern and ManCity won the home matches, while the last 2013-2014 season, neither of them managed to win
, being defeated on their respective home grounds.
This season, Guardiola’s team gets to the fifth match of the group phase with every single game won
, and being assured they would finish first in their group. This means that the Catalan coach can use in the following matches less established players or the ones who need minutes of play. Being a clear leader in the Bundesliga as well, the German team can focus their efforts on increasing the distance that separates them from the following teams, VfL Wolfsburg and Borussia Monchengladbach.
Meanwhile, ManCity is the last team in the Group E
, with only 2 points earned, after 2 draws and 2 defeats, not having been capable of winning either of the two matches played in the Etihad Stadium, against AS Roma and CSKA Moscow. Pellegrini’s team needs an urgent change of rhythm, if they want to earn some points and not only pass to the round of 16 but also, in the worst case, qualify for Europa League.
The fitness level of the Blues is preoccupying
, to say the least, which makes the ManCity fans quite disappointed, since they lost half of their latest 6 matches and managed to win only one, precisely in the city derby, against Manchester United. It seems that the football crisis has installed itself on both sides of the Mersey river this season. United doesn’t even play in any European-level competition and ranks average in the Premier League classification, while Manchester City passed from competing against Bayern last year for the Champions League’s first group position to starting to lose sight of the unbeatable Chelsea.
The bad season of the team of sheikh Sulaiman Al-Fahim already provoked a few rumors regarding possible changes in the market
. The City managers are thought to consider the exit of a fundamental team member
like Yaya Toure, disillusioned with his physical condition this season start, and also the possibility to substitute the Chilean coach
for none other than Atletico Madrid’s coach, Diego Pablo Simeone.