We’ve entered that stage of the UEFA Champions League tournament now where we start to say “hey, thanks for coming! We’ve got some lovely parting gifts for you, just off stage” to the big clubs.
Barring a miracle, the next giant club we’ll be saying hasta la vista, sayonara, peace out, aloha, ciao, all the best, au revoir, or most appropriately, Auf Wiedersehen to is Bayern Munich.
Manchester City vs Bayern Munich FYIs
Competition: UCL Quarterfinals Leg 2/2, City leads 3-0 on aggregate
Kickoff: Wed. April 19, 8pm, Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
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90 Min Win Probability: Bayern Munich 35% Extra Time 25% Manchester City 40%
Of course, nothing is over until you’re walking back to the dressing room, but Thomas Tuchel’s men have a mountain to climb.
Manchester City have one foot in the semi-finals already. Both sides enter this match-up with squads that near full fitness, and no fresh injury concerns.
So with that in mind, let’s take a look at who could be in the starting lineups for both sides.
Starting XI Predictions
Manchester City (3-2-4-1)
Ederson; Laporte, Dias, Akanji; Rodri, Phillips; Grealish, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Walker; Haaland
Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1)
Sommer; Davies, De Ligt, Upamecano, Pavard; Kimmich, Goretzka; Mane, Musiala, Sane; Moting
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