How Manchester City could line up against Bayern Munich
Manuel Pellegrini faces selection dilemmas ahead of his side's clash with Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.

Manchester City begin their Champions League Group E campaign with a daunting trip to the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night, but with José Mourinho's high-flying Chelsea preparing to extend their 100% 2014/2015 Premier League record at the Etihad Stadium this weekend, Manuel Pellegrini is likely to rely on the strength-in-depth he and Txiki Begiristain worked so hard to achieve at the club this summer. 

Stevan Jovetić, Fernando and Pablo Zabaleta will play no part in City's group opener due to respective injury problems and suspensions, but new signing Eliaquim Mangala could make a 'baptism of fire' debut. 

How Manchester City could line up...


Willy Caballero was brought in to present competition to Joe Hart, and the Argentine could make his second competitive start for the club on Wednesday night. After an unconvincing display against Stoke City a fortnight ago, Hart redeemed himself with a string of crucial stops in City's 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Saturday, but Caballero's European experience may be preferred over the Englishman in the Allianz Arena.


Pablo Zabaleta's suspension means Bacary Sagna will be given the pleasure of taming, or trying to tame, Arjen Robben. The Frenchman made his debut for the blues at home to Stoke City, but struggled with the pace and trickery of Victor Moses. 

Eliaquim Mangala and Vincent Kompany may finally be given the opportunity to form the partnership that is expected to feature on a regular basis in the near future. Martin Demichelis has proven to be a solid and reliable member of the defence, but his lack of pace will give Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben the chance to pounce.

Aleksandar Kolarov could provide City with extra width and an attacking threat on the left.


Fernandinho looked a shadow of his former composed self in City's 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Sunday, but his effort and workrate won the applause of his admiring followers. Brazil's World Cup woes have taken their toll on the midfielder, but a reuinion with Yaya Toure could elevate his confidence. The Ivorian was rested on Saturday, but his power and strength will be vital in the middle of the park on Wednesday.

James Milner inspired a famous 3-2 comeback on the same turf last season, and the Englishman's tenacity could prove crucial in nullifying the rhythm and fluidity of Bayern's talented midfield. 

Samir Nasri, also removed from the starting eleven on Saturday, could provide some extra creativity alongside David Silva.


Bayern's defence may be solid, but it lacks pace, and Sergio Aguero is the perfect candidate to trouble Guardiola's back line.