Manchester City will travel to Munich looking for their first ever Champions League win when they take on Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
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The Blues are flying high in the Premier League and are level on points with league leaders and fierce rivals Manchester United, and now they will look to discover the winning habit in Europe with a trip to Germany to face the 2009 finalists.
City boss Roberto Mancini was left disappointed with his side’s performance against Napoli on their Champions League debut two weeks ago, and will be hoping for more when he takes his team to the Allianz Arena.
Mancini must decide whether to include Carlos Tevez in his squad for the game with Mario Balotelli suspended. The wantaway Argentinean striker has struggled to regain his place in the starting line up since he handed in a transfer request over the summer, but may be given a chance to shine alongside Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero in attack.
City have been liberated from their defensive constraints that drew more than their fair share of critics last season and have banged in 19 goals in just six league games, although whether they retain their attacking instincts against Bayern is doubtful.
After his three year hiatus with injury Owen Hargreaves will have to wait until at least January to get a taste of European football after he was left out of City’s Champions League squad, while Adam Johnson will also be unable to play on Tuesday because of an ankle injury.
Bayern have also begun the new season on fire, going an incredible nine games without losing or even conceding a goal. Having won their Group A opener against Villarreal the four time champions League winners sit two points clear of City, but will likely be without Arjen Robben for the game, with the Dutchman still struggling to shake off a pelvic injury.