Manchester City opened their 2014/15 Champions League campaign with a cruel 1-0 loss at Bayern Munich, as former City defender Jerome Boateng handed Pep Guardiola's side the win despite City playing well right until the very end of the game. With Roma hammering CSKA Moscow 5-1 in the other Group E game, City's task of getting through to the knockout stages has taken something of a hit, but there's still a long way to go yet.
The game saw City defender Martin Demichelis return to the Allianz Arena having made his name with Bayern, having arrived at the club back in 2003 from River Plate. The Argentine went on to make almost 250 appearances for the club in a seven-and-a-half year association with Bayern, before moving on to Malaga and eventually City, where he reunited his previous Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini.
Demichelis, now 33, played the whole 90 minutes on Wednesday night as he returned to Bavaria, but was on the losing end after that late Boateng strike. Speaking with German newspaper Bild, Demichelis opened up on his time at Bayern - and even on the era under Louis van Gaal.
"I achieved a great deal at Munich. I used my strengths to win a place in the first team," said Demichelis. "I became a fan of the club. I felt like a favourite son. But from the first moment Van Gaal arrived at Bayern the place began to stink."
Van Gaal is now of course manager of City's local rivals Manchester United, with the Dutchman already overhauling his squad at Old Trafford. Players such as Marnick Vermijl and Shinji Kagawa have been left upset by van Gaal's manner, and it's now interesting to see whether Demichelis' experience under the 63-year-old is replicated for more players at United.