Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pellegrini Tells City to Get Se T Se T for a Test

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pellegrini Tells City to Get Se T Se T for a Test

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MANUEL Pellegrini has warned anyone expecting a halfbaked Bayern Munich side at the Etihad Stadium tomorrow night to forget it.

The Bavarian giants have already qualified from Champions League Group E with a perfect record so far.

And they have a lengthy injury list with skipper Philipp Lahm, Holger Badstuber, Thiago Alcantara, Javi Martinez and David Alaba all longterm absentees.

But City boss Pellegrini is not counting on any favours from the German juggernaut in a game he describes as a 'must win'.

Pellegrini said: "Bayern never take it easy. Big teams never take one game easier. They must always fill their obligation to win and we are going to see a very good Bayern tomorrow."

The Blues do know how to beat Bayern, having pulled off the remarkable 3-2 Allianz Arena result in last season's group stage.

The difference between then and now is that last year City went to Germany in a purple patch of free-scoring form.

Pellegrini's team do go into the game off the back of a win, but there were enough fault lines lurking in their 2-1 victory over Swansea to suggest a better side could have cracked them open.

Their Champions League form has been little short of woeful, with two scratchy draws and two defeats to show for their efforts.

And although Bayern, who beat Hoffenhiem at the weekend, have selection concerns, City are without three key players themselves with Yaya Toure and Fernandinho suspended and David Silva injured.

Talking about the key to the Swansea win and how to beat Bayern, Pellegrini said: "I think one of the ways we've improved has been our intensity. In the last games we've played, we've played with a lot of intensity but not consistently - not for the whole game. We did it from the beginning to the end (against Swansea).

"We are without three very important players but that's why we have a squad. We know we must win against Bayern and must have the personality to go and be aggressive from the beginning. This is our last chance to progress in the Champions League. …

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