Manchester City was pitted against Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals with as many subplots littered as the great players.
Pep Guardiola’s former employers are the only team to win every game they have played in this season’s competition. Manchester City’s Erling Haaland is the tournament’s top scorer this year, but Bayern Munich can boast one of the better assist providers – although Joao Cancelo’s four assists came while playing for City (including two for Haaland) prior to his arrival at Bavaria. on loan. in january.
The intricate web of interwoven brilliance just goes on and on. However, City remain in the Premier League title race with Arsenal – luckily there are no links between individuals from both clubs in this dynamic. So where does this Champions League quarter-final match between two of the favorites fit into City’s calendar?
City have the month of April ahead of them which will determine the season. The month begins with a visit to recurring title rivals Liverpool before City host current Premier League leaders Arsenal In the last week of April.
Both Champions League quarter-final first leg matches have been reduced to the three-and-a-half weeks that separate these two great homegrown teams. City welcome Bayern Munich to the Etihad Stadium for the first leg on Tuesday 11 April, three days after traveling to Southampton and in the same week as the home game against Leicester City.
With both the Saints and Foxes embroiled in a nine-team relegation process, City’s opening first leg falls between matches against opponents fighting for every point.
Guardiola leads his team to Bavaria on Wednesday 19 April – this will be the Catalan coach’s first match as exhibition manager at the Allianz Arena since overseeing Barcelona’s 1-1 draw with Bayern in 2009. A share of the spoils was enough for Barcelona. They qualified for the semi-finals after beating Jurgen Klinsmann’s side 4-0 in the first leg in Catalunya.
Four days after facing the knockout stage in Germany, City are back on the road with a trip to the high-flyers Brighton While Guardiola pits his wits against a team he has spent a lot of time praising. The following Wednesday, just a week after the second leg against Bayern Munich, City and Arsenal meet at the Etihad in order to decide the potential title.
Arsenal have already lost two matches against City this season, but they were eliminated from the Europa League in the round of 16, leaving their focus only on their first league title in 19 years. The city calendar is a little more crowded.
List of Manchester City matches with Bayern Munich UCL quarter-finals
Guardiola was on the touchline the last time he faced City Bayern Munich. However, it was in the opposite dugout as Sergio Agüero inspired the Sky Blues to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory in the 2014 Champions League group stage.
These clubs have met each other on six previous occasions, but this will be the first knockout match that the pair will contest.