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“It would be a huge statement to the football world if we could beat the best team in Europe, one of the best teams in the world,” he said.
“The projection would be much higher than beating United. That is why a win for us would be so important.”
After their emphatic victories over Manchester united and Wigan Athletic, it seemed City would go into the game against Bayern in high spirits. But having lost to Aston Villa at the weekend, it is vital they replicate the form that saw them dominate their fierce rivals if they wish to take anything from Pep Guardiola’s men.
The Blues should be boosted by the return of David Silva and Sergio Aguero from injury, with the Manchester Evening News reporting that they should both declare themselves fit for Wednesday.
Speaking of the weekend loss and the midweek match, Pellegrini said, “I don’t think this result will have an impact. We know it is a different competition and we have now turned the page to the Champions League.”
And finally, former City manager Roberto Mancini has been confirmed as the new manager of Turkish side Galatasaray. And in a quirky twist of fate, his first match will see him face Juventus and his former striker Carlos Tevez.
It is hard to know which man will want the victory more, given their less than smooth relationship at the Etihad.
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