The Bavarians will seek to pull off one of the Champions League’s most memorable comebacks during Bayern vs Man City on Wednesday in the second leg of their quarter-final tie.
- Location: Munich, Germany
- Stadium: Allianz Arena
- Date: Wednesday 19 April
- Kick-off Time: 20:00 BST / 15:00 ET / 12:00 PT
- Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
- VAR: Jérôme Brisard (FRA)
Bayern vs Man City: Match Preview
A simply stunning performance from Pep Guardiola’s side has made the Manchester City fanbase dare to dream of European success once again, taking a three-goal advantage into the second leg at the Allianz Arena.
But this is going to be far from a dead rubber of a match with Bayern Munich perfect at home in the UCL this season, winning all four contests without conceding a goal and netting 11 of their own in the process. The only issue for them is City haven’t been defeated in away matches in the competition this season (W1 D3).
And when it comes to taking on German opposition in the UEFA Champions League, City have only lost one of their last 20 such matches (W16 D3) and are unbeaten in their nine games against Bundesliga opponents in the knockout stages (W8 D1).
If there’s one glimmer of hope for Bayern, as they look to become just the fifth team to progress from a two-legged UCL knockout tie after losing by three or more goals in the first leg, it’s that they’ve only lost both legs of such a knockout stage tie on two occasions, both coming against Real Madrid (2013-14 semi-finals and 2016-17 quarter-finals) – the first of which was when Pep Guardiola was at the helm.
Sadio Mane will be back in the Bayern squad after serving a one-game internal suspension for punching teammate Leroy Sane in the aftermath of the first leg, but whether he will start is a different question.
Tuchel was boosted by the return to training of striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. Monday’s session was completed in full by the 34-year-old, who may be thrown straight in up top as Bayern seek to score at least three goals.
Manuel Neuer and Lucas Hernandez remain out.
Phil Foden remains City’s only absentee as he recovers from surgery to remove his appendix.
Pep Guardiola made a point of withdrawing his biggest names against Leicester to protect them here, with the likes of Erling Haaland and Rodri sticking around until the job was done before being wrapped up and kept safe.
Bayern vs Man City: Head to Head:
- Bayern Munich have lost their last two matches against Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League – as many defeats as their had suffered in their first five such games in the competition.
- Among teams that have faced them at least five teams in the UEFA Champions League, Manchester City are one of only three teams to have won at least half of their games against Bayern Munich in the competition.
- Manchester City have lost only one of their last 20 games against German opponents in the UEFA Champions League, with their only such defeat coming again RB Leipzig in the 2021-22 season.
Bayern Munich predicted lineup (4-2-3-1): Sommer; Pavard, Upamecano, De Ligt, Davies; Kimmich, Goretzka; Coman, Musiala, Sane; Choupo-Moting.
Man City predicted lineup (3-2-4-1): Ederson; Akanji, Dias, Ake; Stones, Rodri; Silva, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Grealish; Haaland.
BAY vs Man City: Fantasy XI
Ederson; Akanji,Upamecano, De Ligt,Kimmich, Goretzka, Rodri, Coman, Musiala,Grealish; Haaland.