Bayern visits Plzen, City hosts CSKA
Defending champion Bayern Munich puts its six-match winning
streak on the line against Viktoria Plzen in Group D of the
Champions League on Tuesday.
Also, Manchester City hosts CSKA Moscow, the team it beat 2-1 on
the road despite racist chants against Yaya Toure.
Here are 5 things to know ahead of Tuesday’s matches:
SUPPORT THE PRESDIENT
Bayern’s board is standing behind club president Uli Hoeness
ahead of his trial on tax-evasion charges.
The board says it sees no reason for Hoeness to step down
although he is scheduled to go on trial in March over an undeclared
private Swiss bank account.
Hoeness, a former Bayern and Germany star, is the most
successful manager in German football and engineered Bayern’s rise
to one of the top clubs in the world.
The affair broke out in April and did not prevent Bayern from
sweeping the Bundesliga title, the German Cup and the Champions
League in an unprecedented triple for a German club.
Pep Guardiola’s team left Munich without Netherlands winger
Arjen Robben, who is nursing a groin injury.
Guardiola was not pleased with his team’s workmanlike 2-1
Bundesliga victory in Hoffenheim, saying he needs to make
”corrections,” without giving details.
Bayern won 5-0 at home against Viktoria and it could secure a
place in the second round if it wins and Manchester City does not
lose against CSKA.
If it wins its seventh consecutive match in the Champions League
(over two seasons), Bayern will equal Barcelona’s record from the
2002-03 season. Bayern has won 12 of its last 14 Champions League
”We are leaders … and we want to qualify early, so that we
can move our focus a little bit more toward the Bundelsiga,” club
chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said. ”You have to show respect for
the opponent and not come in with arrogance. I hope the team will
play as well as in the previous three Champions League
Viktoria seems to be in a better frame of mind after coming off
a 6-1 thrashing of Jablonec in the Czech league, although Bayern is
”We saw the video from the previous game against Bayern and
there was hardly anything positive for us,” Viktoria defender
Marian Cisovsky said. ”We want to play much better in front of our
ON THE ROAD
CSKA travels to Manchester for its first European match since
the Russian champions were punished by UEFA for ”racist behavior”
by their fans.
CSKA was given a partial stadium ban for its next home Champions
League game against Bayern on Nov. 27.
At home, CSKA has won three straight and midfielder Zoran Tosic
also is on a hot scoring streak. Tosic has four goals in the last
two Russian league games and has scored in the last two Champions
League matches as well.
If it wins at City, CSKA will pull even with the Manchester
team, both with six points.
Joe Hart is likely to remain on the bench for City after
replacement Costel Pantilimon kept a clean sheet in a 7-0 rout of
The England goalkeeper lost his place in the City side as
manager Manuel Pellegrini decided his costly mistake in the
previous week’s loss at Chelsea was one error too many.
Midfielder Fernandinho believes what has happened to Hart is a
strong reminder of the high standards demanded at City.
”If the quality is a bit off you must work harder to recover
your position and your best quality,” Fernandinho said. ”If he
(Hart) at the moment is not (at his best), he must work more hard.
But they are very good keepers, he and Pantilimon.”