The promise of departure. This Wednesday, April 19, at the Allianz Arena in Germany, Manchester City visits Bayern Munich live for the second leg of the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League. Next, in El Comercio, we tell you the schedules, transmission channels, alignments, statistics and more details of this international commitment in the ‘Orejona’.
At the Etihad Stadium, the ‘Citizens’ took an important 3-0 lead with goals from Rodri, Bernardo Silva and Erling Haaland. However, there are still 90 minutes to play in Germany.
What time do City vs. Bayern play and what channels
Asunción: 15:00h / ESPN, Star+
Bogotá: 14:00h / ESPN, Star+
Buenos Aires: 16:00h / ESPN, Star+
Caracas: 15:00h / TLT
Guatemala City: 13:00h / Televideo
Mexico City: 13:00h / HBO Max
La Paz: 15:00h / Televideo
Lima: 14:00h / Televideo
Los Angeles: 12:00h / CBS, TUDN Deportes
New York: 15:00h / CBS, TUDN Sports
Madrid: 21:00h / Movistar+
Managua: 13:00h / Televideo
Montevideo: 16:00h / ESPN, Star+
Panama: 14:00h / TVN, Medcom
Quito: 14:00h / Televideo
San José: 13:00h / Teletica
San Salvador: 13:00h / Canal Dos
Santiago: 15:00h / ESPN, Star+
Santo Domingo: 15:00h / Televideo
Tegucigalpa: 13:00h / Televicentro
Latest Bayern Munich results
1-1 draw against Hoffenheim in Bundesliga
3-0 defeat against Manchester City in the Champions League
1-0 win against Freiburg in Bundesliga
1-2 loss against Freiburg by DFB Pokal
4-2 win against Borussia Dortmund in Bundesliga
Latest Manchester City results
3-1 win against Leicester City in the Premier League
3-0 win against Bayern Munich in the Champions League
1-4 win against Southampton in Premier League
4-1 win against Liverpool in the Premier League
6-0 FA Cup win against Burnley
History, Manchester City vs. Bayern Munich
Manchester City leads the overall balance after seven meetings with four wins to Bayern’s three. However, Bayern has won six of their last seven home games against English sides (plus a 3-1 draw against Liverpool in March 2019).
Thomas Muller, for a record in the Champions League
Thomas Müller has won 99 of his 141 Champions League games and, with another win against Manchester, could become the third player to reach the 100-win mark in Europe’s top club competition. Previously, only Cristiano Ronaldo (115 with Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus Turin) and Iker Casillas (101 with Real Madrid and FC Porto) made it. The original Bavarian would also be the only player to reach 100 wins with a single club.
Probable City vs. Bayern line-ups
Bayern Munich: Summer; Pavard, De Ligt, Upamecano, Davies; Kimmich, Goretzka; Coman, Musiala, Sané; Müller.
Manchester City : Ederson; Walker, Rúben Dias, Aké; Stones, Rodri; Bernardo Silva, De Bruyne, Gündogan, Grealish; Haaland.
Thomas Tuchel, Bayern coach: “We are not going to give up before the second leg, we are too excited. Of course, the result is bitter for us. I fell in love with my team a little bit, the way they played Even if it sounds strange, it was a lot of fun.”
Pep Guardiola, Manchester City manager: “When you are there you realize how good Bayern are as a team. It was a close match for 60 minutes. In many moments they were better than us, but in the 65th minute we got the second.” goal and that helped us a lot. I lived in Munich for three years. I know the mentality and the quality they have. [We] still have a strong game to play.”
When Erling Haaland plays in Munich on Wednesday (19h00 GMT), the Norwegian striker will not only threaten to sack Bayern from the Champions League but also remind the German club what he let slip, after the Bavarian club tried everything to sign him, without success.
To qualify for the semi-finals of the continental tournament, Bayern should overcome the 3-0 they conceded last week in Manchester… A mission that seems impossible considering the state of each team.
In Bayern’s last six games, counting all competitions, they have won only two, lost three, and drawn the last one, at home against Hoffenheim (1-1). Worse, only in one of them did he score more than one goal, 4-2 against Borussia Dortmund, a result that would not serve him well against City either.
Although Haaland’s performance (a goal and an assist in the first leg) ends up sinking Bayern, the origin of the fiasco of the German club must be sought in last season, when the Bundesliga champion tried unsuccessfully to buy Borussia Dortmund from the Nordic striker.
Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic wasn’t alone in expressing his desire for Haaland, but his brazen courtship angered more than one, particularly star Robert Lewandowski.
In 2021, a video was made public in which Salihamidzic was seen talking to a member of the coaching staff after a Bayern-Dortmund match in which Haaland scored two goals in seven minutes, although the Bavarian club would eventually come back to win 4-2, with a hat-trick from the Polish striker.
“How good Haaland is! It’s a machine. Tomorrow I call your agent,” he says in the video.
Bayern Munich, always so prudent when it comes to spending money, was even willing to throw the house out the window and break its strict economic policy to get Haaland in 2022.
Lewandowski’s entourage has explained that the Pole felt that the club lacked him in this regard by not offering him a long contract, despite the fact that the Pole scored more than 40 goals in each of the seven seasons he wore the Bayern shirt, with a total of 344 in 375 games.
Haaland himself explained his surprise at Bayern’s willingness to sign him with Lewandowski. “I don’t know how many goals and titles he has scored for the club. I really felt a little sorry for him. It feels disrespectful, but at the same time it’s an opportunity for him to look for another challenge,” explained the Norwegian.
The result was that neither remained in the Bundesliga: Lewandowski signed for Barcelona and Haaland for City.
After that double fiasco, Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann tried at the beginning of this season to create a more dynamic forward, without the dependence on a single scorer. And at the beginning it worked: Bayern scored 26 goals in the first six official matches (scoring at least five goals in four of them).
Even the Bavarian coach seemed to transform Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Lewandowski’s understudy, into an offensive reference and the Cameroonian striker responded to the confidence by scoring 17 goals in 28 games.
But the veteran African striker, 34, is not the same after the World Cup: not only has he not scored since the second leg of the round of 16 against PSG on March 8, but he has missed several games due to physical problems and it seems that he will not play on Wednesday because of back problems.
Despite Haaland’s six goals and two assists on eight occasions he has faced Bayern, Tuesday’s was his first victory. In the seven ‘Klassiker’ he played with Dortmund, he lost all seven.
If the Norwegian’s numbers were already spectacular in Dortmund, since his arrival at City he is breaking all records, with 47 goals in 40 appearances this season counting all competitions.
Haaland has also reached the decisive stretch of the season in a great moment of form: 14 goals in the last six games he has played, a warning before a possible comeback at the Allianz Arena.