Key Battles: Bayern vs Man City

We take a look at some of the key match-ups ahead of Manchester City's visit to Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.

Samir Nasri (2ndR) of Manchester City celebrates h

Bayern Munich host Manchester City on Tuesday in what is the sides' final Champions League Group D fixture.

Both leaders Bayern and City - three points behind in second - have already qualified for the knockout stages, and the Blues will have to better the 3-1 win the German side registered at the Etihad Stadium if they are to leapfrog them into top spot.


City need goals if they are to have any chance of winning the group and striker Negredo has scored plenty for the Blues since joining them over the summer, including their consolation effort in the Etihad Stadium defeat to Bayern. 'The Beast' also notched a hat-trick in the 5-2 home victory over CSKA Moscow and has netted a total of 12 times so far for his new club in all competitions. One of the defenders he is likely to come up against is former City man Boateng, who was sent off in the reverse fixture.


With Arjen Robben injured, Bayern have lost the services of one of their star wide men that caused City so many problems the first time around - but in Ribery, they have another ready to torment the Blues again. The Frenchman, confirmed on Monday as part of the three-man shortlist for the Ballon d'Or, scored an early opener in the initial meeting, a match during which Richards started as his opponent at right-back. If he gets the nod for the first XI again on Tuesday, he will be determined to make a better fist of trying to contain Ribery.


Forward Muller, deployed at the head of Bayern's potent, fluid attack at the Etihad, was another goalscorer and general thorn in City's side that night. It will be interesting to see how experienced centre-back Demichelis - another City summer recruit who is Muller's former Bayern team-mate and did not feature in that first game - fares if selected to pit his wits against him.

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