MAN CITY VS BAYERN MUNICH
Pep Guardiola will face his former club, where he spent three seasons as head coach from June 2013 to June 2016, before taking the position at Man City that summer. Although he won the Bundesliga in all three seasons with Bayern, he was never able to win the UEFA Champions League.
After coach Julian Nagelsmann was sacked last month, Thomas Tuchel will take charge of Bayern in this match and face Guardiola for the 11th time as manager. It was Tuchel who defeated Guardiola in the Champions League final 2021, with a score of 1-0 and crowned with Chelsea.
Can he lead Man City to victory again in this match? Perhaps, Pep will have to look at 2 characters at the two ends of the front line. In addition to his colleague Thomas Tuchel, the other object is Thomas Mueller, an attacking player who can cause problems for the Premier League representative.
Mueller has won in 99/140 Champions League appearances. If he is involved in Bayern Munich’s win at the Etihad, he will be the third player to have 100 wins in the tournament alongside Cristiano Ronaldo (115) and Iker Casillas (101), and the club’s record holder.
HOPE NAME ERLING HAALAND
Erling Haaland enters this match with a rather “ridiculous” record even though he is the greatest hope of Pep Guardiola, who has just likened him to being better than Lion Messi when playing under the coach at Barcelona.
In his last 4 appearances, he has scored 11 goals – 1 against Crystal Palace, 5 against RB Leipzig in the Champions League, a hat-trick against Burnley in the FA Cup and a brace against the net. Southampton in the Premier League.
Haaland is currently on 44 goals this season for City in all competitions, equaling United’s Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2002/03 and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah in 2017/18. However, Haaland is at a much younger age.
Unsurprisingly, Haaland topped the UEFA Champions League 2022/23 Top Scorer with 10 goals. This achievement comes after six appearances for Man City in the Champions League this season. It can be said that very few players have scored a double-digit number of goals with only 6 Champions League matches. In addition to Haaland, we only see more Sebastien Haller for Ajax.
One thing that makes Pep both hopeful and afraid is Haaland’s scoring record against Bayern. The Norwegian star has conceded 5 times to goalkeeper Neuer in 7 matches, however, he has never enjoyed the joy of winning. And those goals are all under the colors of Dortmund.
Therefore, the possibility of Haaland scoring in tonight’s match is entirely possible, but whether he can break the unbeaten record against Bayern, no one is sure. However, for Pep, this striker is only a factor in his chess game. Pep also holds a lot of other things to be confident in a victory.
Man City entered an important match against Bayern with a series of 8 wins in all competitions, and was unbeaten in the last 12 matches (won 10, drew 2) since the 0-1 loss to Tottenham in the Premier League on January 5. 5/2. They have scored 31 goals in those eight wins, averaging 3.88 goals per game during this period.
The record can be extended
Man City are unbeaten in the Champions League this season, winning 5 and drawing 3 in their 8 matches. They defeated RB Leipzig with a final score of 8-1 in the round of 16. In the second leg, they won 7-0 at the Etihad, with Erling Haaland scoring five goals. Since the 2022 World Cup, Man City has been unbeaten in 11 home matches (won 10, drew 1).