Manchester City travel to Germany this evening to take on one of the most in-form clubs on the planet, Bayern Munich. The Bavarians are have won their last 10 Champions League games on the spin which smashed the previous record set by Barcelona, and have won their last 18 home games and are the current holders.
Manchester City face the near-impossible task of beating Bayern Munich on their own patch tonight after the Bavarians won their last outing 7-0, away from home. They top the Bundesliga table without having lost a single game in their 15 and they have also won all five of their European games conceding just twice. All teams have weaknesses though, so here are three things that I would do to beat the Germans.
Following their impressive start to the campaign, Wednesday’s home defeat to Aston Villa came as a shock to Southampton’s system. They host free-scoring Manchester City, who will be looking to close the gap on league leaders Arsenal.
Manchester City have been tore apart by the nation this season as a result of their inability to win their away games, but last night they eased past West Brom despite two late goals for the Baggies. Manuel Pellegrini's men ran out 3-2 winners at the Hawthorns and there was one man at the heart of the positive performance - Yaya Toure.
Tonight we see Manchester City travel to West Brom to take on Steve Clarke's Baggies. Here are three key battles that are likely to have an outcome on the result of the tie.
Although Manchester City aren't necessarily struggling at the back this season, you can't help but feel they'd be even stronger if they had another world class centre-back to stand in when Vincent Kompany isn't available and to partner him when he returns. City do have Martin Demichelis, Matija Nastasic and Joleon Lescott, but the latter is expected to leave in January.
Manchester City romped to their seventh consecutive home game of the season against Swansea this afternoon thanks to goals from Alvaro Negredo and Samir Nasri. Here are five things we learned from the tie.
Manchester City have been rampant at home this season, scoring 26 goals and conceding just twice, but have been let down by their shoddy away record. They have lost four of their six ties away from the Etihad and won just once, and as a result they sit six points behind leaders Arsenal. So, being the perfectionist that I am, I thought that I would suggest a few ways how Manuel Pellegrini can sort his side out and maintain their title challenge.
Kurt Zouma - a defender so chunky that even the most powerful strikers struggle to get the better of him. The 19-year-old centre-back is slowly progressing into one of the most impressive European footballers on the big stage right now. His good performances have seen Saint Etienne sit in ninth place this season and also attract interest across elite for his services, including such teams as Manchester United, Chelsea and most recently Manchester City according to Goal.com.
Queens Park Rangers have been in the news this week regarding a potential fine for overspending last season, but it appears that they have an expensive player in their views and are willing to fight Manchester City for his services. The player I refer to is Valencia playmaker Carles Gil, who is currently plying his trade on loan at Elche, who were promoted to La Liga last season.
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has had a mixed bag since arriving at the Etihad in the summer. His side currently sit six points behind leaders Arsenal after 11 games and there has been a huge reason for that - City's away form.