How Manchester City can defeat champions Bayern Munich

Tradition has it that Bayern Munich is weak against counter attack and great defense. Will City capitalise from that?

What did Manuel Neuer think he was doing? Was he just being assured of success or was it his calmness?

Or did Bayern Munich’s goalkeeper really give away a secret, when he told reporters: “City is a team who want to have the ball. They want to design the game by themselves and they don’t try to hit us on the break like all the other opponents before. Maybe that could play into our hands.”

Was it a statement or a wish when he added “It is going to be a duel on an equal footing”?

Ironically both could be true. The German international goalkeeper could have made a wish but wrapped it up in a distant statement. And Manuel Neuer didn’t tell Germany’s favourite tabloid Bild a secret either - but he is on to something.

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But back to the facts: It is no secret that Bayern Munich is not very good against strict defenses with a great counter attack. It helps to get not intimidated by them too.

Analysing what Chelsea did against them one and a half years ago in the Champions League final could be the formula for Manchester City to inflict a painful defeat on the defending champions from Bavaria.

Saturday’s Bundesliga match showed the same formula too as VfL Wolfsburg almost pulled off an upset win. Wolfsburg played a great man-to-man defense and left Munich manager Pep Guardiola no choice to replace Bastian Schweinsteiger and Arjen Robben with Toni Kroos and Xherdan Shaqiri.

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The substitution brought some help, Bayern Munich won 1-0, but Guardiola was not amused. He later said: “We won, but we must improve a lot of things.”

The German football magazine kicker already sees in Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart the “spoilsport” for Bayern Munich. But that requires a better performance by City then last weekend’s 3-2 against Aston Villa.

Despite playing not their best game Bayern Munich still got the win against VfL Wolfsburg. They punish every mistake and that might be the case if Manchester City plays sloppy in this Champions League match up.

Do you think Manchester City will beat Bayern Munich? What will City’s strategy look like?

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