Man City line-up v Bayern Munich – PL champions turn to veteran star in Toure’s absence

first_imgManchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini may show defiance in the face of his side’s Champions League travails, but he will be the first to admit they have an uphill battle as they take on Bayern Munich on Tuesday evening.Bayern currently top group E, boasting a perfect record and having scored 11 times and only conceded once.Pellegrini though will take solace in the fact that it was only an extremely late Jerome Boateng goal that proved the difference maker when the two sides met on matchday one back in September.Since then though, the two side’s paths have taken different courses, with City yet to register a victory in this season’s competition.Indeed, midfielder Samir Nasri has even admitted that the future of City’s highly-paid stars hang in the balance, with the Frenchman suggesting that a raft of talent could be shipped out unless the Premier League champions can turn their fortunes around.City are only two points behind AS Roma and CSKA Moscow in their group, and will require Tuesday’s fixture between the two to be drawn, in order to boost their own qualification hopes.Pellegrini’s side will be without star man Yaya Toure though, who is suspended following a dismissal in their capitulation last time out.So how will the City boss likely play this one out? Below is his predicted formation: 1 Manchester City face a must-win clash against Bayern Munich This is not a time to start experimenting with formations and tactics, so expect Pellegrini to use his tried and tested 4-2-2-2 line-up, with Sergio Aguero and the improving Stevan Jovetic spearheading the attack.Toure’s absence means there will likely be a start for veteran midfielder Frank Lampard, who brings with him a wealth of experience to the side.Man City fans, can you pull off the seemingly impossible and qualify for the knockout stages? Comment below… 1last_img read more