Tactical Battles That Will Shape Bayern Munich's Clash with Manchester City

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Tactical Battles That Will Shape Bayern Munich's Clash with Manchester City
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Having qualified from the group stages of the Champions League for the very first time, Manchester City can almost afford to put their feet up in their final game of Group D away to the reigning champions on Tuesday.

Following five wins from five in the section and 7-0 victory at Werder Bremen at the weekend, Bayern Munich will present as formidable opposition as they usually do at the Allianz Arena, where City are likely to need to win by a three-goal margin in order to leap above the German champions and win the group (although a two-goal margin would be enough if City score four or more).

Such a victory is an unlikely one then, and with a huge Premier League clash against Arsenal on the horizon on Saturday, Manuel Pellegrini has indicated that he is set to make changes to his team.

Having already confirmed that Joe Hart will return in goal, Pellegrini told the Daily Mirror:

If you are asking me whether the game against Arsenal is more important than Bayern, I would have to say it is.

The players I choose against Bayern will still have a responsibility to try to win the game.

From the moment we qualified for the knockout stages, the Premier League became more important than the Champions League. When we start again in the last 16, Europe will once again become important.

But we have a lot of Premier League games and that is what we are focused on most of all.

So who will Pellegrini pick then, and which of the on-field battles will be the most important?

Here we've predicted six tactical duels which could shape the contest.

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