Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

RELENTLESS GERMANS WON'T JUST ROLL OVER ; Clichy Warns His Etihad Team-Mates of Bayern Threat - but History Is on the Blues'side.

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

RELENTLESS GERMANS WON'T JUST ROLL OVER ; Clichy Warns His Etihad Team-Mates of Bayern Threat - but History Is on the Blues'side.

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GAEL Clichy has warned that Bayern Munich will not give City an easy ride back towards Champions League qualification.

Incredibly, despite an abject home defeat by CSKA Moscow, the Blues still have a chance of qualifying for the knockout phase - wins in their last two group games at home to Bayern and away at Roma could be enough.

And there are hopes among City fans that Bayern, who have already qualified with four straight wins, could field a weakened team at the Etihad Stadium on November 25.

Last time they faced City in similar circumstances, in 2011, they did exactly that and the Blues won 2-0. But Clichy says no-one can rely on any benevolence from the ruthless German champions.

"Bayern may have qualified, but that doesn't mean a thing," said Clichy.

"We know German teams are relentless - we saw that in the World Cup when Germany could have settled for a 3-0 win against Brazil, but instead they just kept going and ended up winning 7-1. "I think it is their attitude and mentality that sets them apart and so I don't believe for one moment that when they arrive at the Etihad having already won our group, that they will play with any less determination or intensity."

Three years ago, City needed to beat Bayern, who were already through, and hope that Napoli slipped up at Villarreal.

They were aided by Jupp Heynckes' decision to rest Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Mario Gomez, Franck Ribery and Thomas Muller, and won with goals from David Silva and Yaya Toure.

It was in vain, as Napoli won in Spain to send the Blues into the Europa League.

This time, Bayern are already certain of top spot in the group, but whether coach Pep Guardiola will act the same way as Heynckes remains to be seen. Last season he played a strong team against City at the Allianz Arena, but at that point he knew the Blues could still snatch top spot, and probably an easier draw in the last 16. …

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