Manchester City Julián Álvarez, world champion in Qatar 2022, receives Bayern Munich from Germany at the Etihad Stadium, in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals. The bout begins at 4:00 pm on Fox Sports television.
After stripping Manchester City of the European title in 2021 with Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel meets his role model Pep Guardiola again, this time as a newcomer on the Bayern Munich bench in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.
That final on May 29, 2021 in Porto, in an almost empty stadium due to the covid-19 pandemic, was won by Tuchel’s Chelsea, a team he had only reached four months earlier after being fired from Paris Saint-Germain. .
For the German coach it was the third consecutive victory – in three games – against the Spaniard, a source of inspiration for him. “I was a big fan of Pep as a player and then as a coach,” admitted the 49-year-old German ahead of the 2021 final.
“I trained at the sports center and then in the Bundesliga with Mainz, but I don’t think I missed a game against Guardiola’s Barcelona, I had so much to learn…”, he added.
Their paths crossed for the first time in the Bundesliga, when Guardiola managed Bayern Munich (2013-2016) and Tuchel took off first to Mainz and then to Borussia Dortmund.
Josep ‘Pep’ Guardiola’s ‘city’ side come to duel with the Germans after leaving Germany’s Leipzig away in the round of 16. In addition, he finds him with an inspired Erling Haaland who never stops breaking goals and scores 44 goals in 38 games.
Bayern Munich, meanwhile, reached the quarter-finals after knocking out Lionel Messi’s Paris Saint-Germain.
Manchester City: Ederson Moraes; John Stones, Manuel Akanji, Rúben Dias, Nathan Aké; Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan; Riyad Mahrez, Julian Alvarez and Jack Grealish. DT: Pep Guardiola
Bayern Monaco: Summer; Stanisic, Upamecano, DeLigt, Davies; Kimmich, Goretzka, Coman; Musiala, Thomas Muller and Choupo-Moting. DT: Thomas Tuchel
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