Three Bayern Munich unknowns out to ruin Manchester City’s night

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The Bavarians boast plenty in the way of star talent, but three relative unknowns could play a role in Manchester City’s downfall at the Allianz Arena.

Manchester City may have triumphed 2-0 on their last visit to Munich but with Bayern and Pep Guardiola keen to make a positive start to this season's Champions League, this encounter could prove to be an entirely different proposition for the Sky Blues.

With the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Muller and Mario Gotze in their ranks, Bayern boast plenty in the way of World Cup-winning talent to go alongside the dangerous wing-playing duo of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.

However while many of the assembled faces for Die Roten will be familiar to many, three unheralded stars could feature in the game later today, Wednesday, and may prove to be a major road block to Manchester City's route to victory.

Read on for the lowdown on the three "unknowns" of Bayern Munich that are promising to do something special.

Juan Bernat

Signed from Valencia over the summer, the 21-year-old Spaniard can play anywhere along the left flank, though he has been used primarily as a marauding full-back by Pep Guardiola so far and has linked up well with the likes of David Alaba and Mario Gotze on the flank.

A good passer who is capable of going past opposition players with the ball at pace, Bernat could well feature against City after making a positive start to life in Bavaria and will be expected to deliver balls into the box for the likes of Robert Lewandowski, among others, to get on the end of.

Gianluca Gaudino

A new addition to the Bayern first team squad, Gaudino is the latest recruit from the Bayern Munich academy and, at just 17, remains very much one for the future at the Allianz Arena. Despite this, he could get some game time against City, having impressed in Bayern’s opening day win over Wolfsburg.

The Hanau-born midfielder appeared to channel the spirit of Xavi in his first appearance, with Gaudino making a total of 59 passes throughout his 90 minute debut with an impressive pass completion rate of 97%. Don’t’ be surprised to see him lay on a late goal for the hosts in Munich.

Sebastian Rode

Recruited from Eintracht Frankfurt on a free transfer after catching the eye of the Bavarians whilst turning out for their unfashionable Bundesliga rivals, Rode has seen his chances of playing regularly this season greatly improved by the recent long-term injury suffered by Javi Martinez.

One man’s loss is most certainly another’s gain and Rode has already made a good start after just two games. Likely to be brought on if Bayern are keen to see the game out, the 23-year-old’s focus and tenacity in the tackle could make life difficult for City, while Rode also has a good eye for a pass, which could prove useful in counter-attacking situations. 

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