Manchester City will step it up a few gears later today when they host European Champions and German power houses Bayern Munich. If you look at the games leading up to this match you, with the exception of the Villa game, would say it has been pretty good. Match day One in the Champions League was a 3-0 win, beat Manchester United convincingly and the same with Wigan in the Capital One Cup.
It would certainly be a better scenario had City not let the lead go twice against Villa on Saturday especially when you factor in the dominance of the City side over the 90 minutes. Villa had just as many chances as they had goals meanwhile City peppered the Villa goal with wave after wave of attacking with the two goals actually coming from corners.
Bayern will certainly have more chances tomorrow and City will probably not find themselves as dominant as they have been in recent games. That said, City should welcome back Clichy, Silva and Aguero the last two who missed out totally on the Villa game and at least two of those will be pushing for contention in the starting lineup.
A lot has been made about how Manuel Pellegrini have got on against Pep Guardiola in Spanish football. What would be better for people to focus on would be the history between City and Bayern Munich. As I said in my preview of the Villa game it is two years since the Carlos Tevez incident happened in Munich. In that game City lost 2-0 but later on in the competition David Silva and Yaya Toure scored to secure a 2-0 victory, albeit in vein.
From that starting eleven that night only two have gone. Stevan Savic, now at Fiorentina, was in the squad and still on the books, although not at the club, was Gareth Barry. So the question is are Manchester City stronger than they were two years ago? I think so, even as far as the bench goes.
In 1977 City also played AC Milan in the UEFA Cup at the Round Three stage and knocked them out of the competition. A 5-2 aggregate score thanks to a 3-0 home win and a goal in each game from City coaching staff member Brian Kidd.
I say hold on to your hats for this game. Both sides won their first game 3-0 and so it would be a big scalp for City to get. In fact last season the only time Munich didn’t win was an away game in the Group against Valencia. The last time Munich have lost a game in the Champions League? 15th March 2011 at home to Inter Milan.
Squad Prediction: Hart, Pab Zab, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy, Toure, Fernandinho, Nasri, Navas, Aguero, Dzeko. Substitutes being Kolarov, Pantilimon, Silva, Negredo, Jovetic and Lescott.