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UEFA Champions League Preview: Bayern Munich v Manchester City

8 December 2013 18:58

Manchester City are set to rotate for their trip to Bayern Munich with both sides' progress from UEFA Champions League Group D sealed.

The top two in the pool meet at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday having already secured their places in the last 16, and City manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed he will look to utilise some of his squad players with Saturday's clash with Premier League leaders Arsenal in mind.

"Joe Hart will play against Bayern Munich, sure," the Chilean confirmed after his side's 1-1 draw with Southampton at the weekend.

"Of course, if you ask me at this moment, the game against Arsenal next weekend is more important than the game against Bayern Munich.

"From the moment we qualified for the next round, the Premier League became more important than Champions League but that does not mean there is a possibility that the players who play against Bayern Munich will not play against Arsenal."

Bayern may also use the opportunity to rotate their squad as they look to extend their run of 11 straight wins in all competitions.

The reigning German and European champions demolished Werder Bremen 7-0 on Saturday to stretch their unbeaten Bundeliga streak to 40 matches, and Pep Guardiola's men also set a new Champions League record of 10 consecutive victories when they won 3-1 at CSKA Moscow last time out.

Bayern's last defeat in Europe did come at home to English opposition, though, when Arsenal won 2-0 in the second leg of their 2012-13 last-16 tie.

However, their last four Champions League games at the Allianz Arena have yielded four wins, with 14 goals scored and none conceded.

City have lost four of their eight away games in the Premier League this term, while Bayern have won 19 home fixtures in a row in all competitions since their loss to Arsenal.

Mario Gomez's double gave the Bavarians a comfortable 2-0 victory when they hosted City in the 2011-12 group stages, while Guardiola's men produced a masterclass to beat their opponents 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium in this season's reverse fixture.

Pellegrini only has injury concerns over forward Stevan Jovetic and defender Matija Nastasic (both calf), and will be without Yaya Toure as the Ivorian serves a one-match ban.

Arjen Robben (knee) is expected to be out of action for Bayern until the new year, and he joins Holger Badstuber (knee) and Bastian Schweinsteiger (ankle) in being unavailable for Guardiola on Tuesday.

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Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
10 December 2013
Game week
6
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
2 - 1
Full-time
2 - 3
Venue
Allianz-Arena (München)
Attendance
68000

Goals

T. Müller 5'
(assist by Dante) 
1 - 0
M. Götze 12'  
2 - 0
2 - 1
28' David Silva
 (assist by J. Milner)
2 - 2
59' A. Kolarov (PG)
2 - 3
62' J. Milner
 (assist by Jesús Navas)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
21
17
27
4 40'
7
39
6
19 12'
9
25 5'
Coach: Guardiola
# Player Bookings
1
26
2
6
13 59'
7 44' 62'
14
21 28'
15
25 78'
10 42'
Coach: M. Pellegrini

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
5 83'
9
17
4
16
30
38

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