Manchester City will need to overcome a major hurdle if they want to secure a UEFA Champions League semifinal spot as Pep Guardiola’s side prepare to host his former club, Bayern Munich, in their quarterfinal first leg on Tuesday.
City’s UEFA Champions League dream remains elusive under Guardiola and the Premier League giants will be tested by their Bundesliga rivals over two legs.
Thomas Tuchel’s arrival at the Allianz Arena was the big story in Bavaria ahead of this series, with the former Chelsea boss famously beating Guardiola’s City in the 2021 final.
Man City team news
Phil Foden remains sidelined while he recovers from surgery to remove his appendix but City are otherwise at full strength, with Pep Guardiola even resting a number of his biggest names towards the end of Saturday’s win over Southampton.
Erling Haaland shook off a groin injury to net twice against the Saints and will fancy his chances of scoring against Bayern, having bagged five in seven games against the German giants.
Man City predicted lineup vs Bayern Munich
(3-2-4-1): Ederson; Akanji, Dias, Ake; Stones, Rodri; Silva, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Grealish; Haaland
Bayern Munich team news
Joao Cancelo is eligible to face his parent club as UEFA rules forbid clubs from inserting any such clauses into loan deals, but he may start on the bench as Dayot Upamecano’s return from domestic suspension should see Benjamin Pavard move out to right-back.
Sadio Mane, Serge Gnabry and Jamal Musiala all played significant minutes in the recent win over Freiburg after shaking off injuries and the trio will all expect to feature against City.
As for absentees, Manuel Neuer and Lucas Hernandez are out at the back, with forward duo Mathys Tel and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting both unavailable.
Bayern Munich predicted lineup vs Man City
(4-2-3-1): Sommer; Pavard, Upamecano, De Ligt, Davies; Kimmich, Goretzka; Gnabry, Musiala, Sane; Muller