Manchester City Vs Bayern Premier League Football Match 2023
Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich and treble winners Manchester City lock horns for a pre-season friendly at the National Stadium in Tokyo on Wednesday. The Citizens came out on top in their last friendly encounter with the Bavarian giants, with Erling Haaland netting the only goal in a slender 1-0 victory in the USA 12 months ago. Bundesliga dominance has become the norm for Bayern Munich who lifted their 11th successive title last season, with Thomas Tuchel leading the Bavarian giants over the finish line on the final day of the 2022-23 campaign just two months into his reign as manager after replacing Julian Nagelsmann in the dugout.
Tuchel is now preparing for his first full season in charge and is tasked with building a Bayern squad capable of maintaining their German top-flight supremacy along with challenging for glory in the Champions League. Bayern were comprehensively beaten 4-1 on aggregate by eventual winners Man City in the Champions League quarter-finals last season, with a disappointing 3-0 first-leg loss at the Etihad Stadium – a result which sparked a dressing room bust-up between Sadio Mane and Leroy Sane – followed by a 1-1 second-leg draw at the Allianz Arena. The Germans will be seeking revenge against a Citizens side whom they have failed to beat in their last four meetings across all tournaments, including two friendly losses, and they head into Wednesday’s contest having already made a notable start to their pre-season campaign this summer.
Indeed, Bayern opened their account with a thumping 27-0 victory away against ninth-tier outfit Rottach-Egern last Tuesday, with Jamal Musiala, Marcel Sabitzer and Mathys Tel scoring five goals each. After taking on Man City, Bayern are scheduled to face Kawasaki in Tokyo on Saturday and Liverpool in Singapore four days later, before concluding their pre-season preparations back in Germany against Monaco on August 7, five days before the DFL-Supercup against RB Leipzig. Six weeks after lifting the Champions League trophy and completing a historic treble, Man City began their pre-season tour of Asia in eventful fashion when they secured a thrilling 5-3 victory against Yokohama F Marinos on Sunday.
The Citizens made a somewhat sluggish start to proceedings and found themselves two goals down inside the opening 37 minutes, but two quickfire strikes from John Stones and Julian Alvarez restored parity before the break. Erling Haaland then followed up his exceptional 52-goal debut campaign in 2022-23 with a second-half brace against the Japanese outfit, while Champions League hero Rodri was also on the scoresheet to help City make a winning start in Asia. Pep Guardiola has taken positives from the “good challenge” against Yokohama F Marinos, but the Catalan boss has insisted that there are “many things” that his side can improve on ahead of the new season.
Man City are now preparing for a return to the National Stadium in Tokyo for their clash against Bayern, with Guardiola planning for his 13th meeting against Tuchel and hoping to claim his eighth win against the German. After facing Bayern, the Premier League champions will travel to Seoul to take on Atletico Madrid on Sunday before returning to England for the Community Shield against Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on August 6, five days before their top-flight opener against Burnley at Turf Moor. Bayern Munich have confirmed that summer signing Raphael Guerreiro is ruled out with a muscle injury sustained in training, and the versatile full-back will be joined in the treatment room by goalkeeper Manuel Neuer who is still recovering from a broken leg.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting picked up a knock shortly after coming on as a second-half substitute against Rottach-Egern and it remains to be seen if the forward will feature against Man City. Sabitzer and Mane have both been linked with summer exits from Bayern amid reported interest from Borussia Dortmund and Al-Nassr respectively, but both players could be involved on Wednesday, while new recruit Kim Min-jae may be available to make his debut at centre-back. As for Man City, their only injury concern is with playmaker Kevin De Bruyne who remains doubtful as he continues to recover from a hamstring tear sustained in the Champions League final.
Kyle Walker has been strongly linked with a move to Bayern this summer, but the defender started as captain against Yokohama F Marinos and he is likely to be involved again on Wednesday, potentially beginning in a back three with Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte who both began on the bench last time out. Summer signing Mateo Kovacic will be hoping to keep his place in the first XI after making his non-competitive debut last weekend, while Haaland could replace Alvarez up front, with Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish all in contention to provide support in attack.