Bayern Munich will host Manchester City at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night knowing there is tough work to be done if they are to make it to the last four of the UEFA Champions League.

The Premier League champions fly to Germany with a 3-0 lead from the first leg last week, as Thomas Tuchel’s nervy start to his Bayern career continued.

Without Sadio Mane allegedly punching Leroy Sane in the face after the final whistle, the drama on the pitch at the Etihad Stadium was shocking enough as a faltering Bayern Munich team was humbled, leaving their European aspirations hanging by the barest of threads.

A weak foot stunner from Rodri opened the scoring at the Etihad Stadium before Dayot Upamecano’s sloppiness at the back led to more woes for the Bundesliga outfit.

Bayern Munich hold just a two-point lead over Tuchel’s former team Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga standings after letting a slim lead slip to draw 1-1 with Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga.

Tuchel has won just two of his first five matches as Bayern’s manager, and they have only kept one clean sheet in their last seven games. This is not encouraging going into the match against Erling Haaland and company, nor is a two-game winless streak at the Allianz Arena. The board’s hasty decision to fire Julian Nagelsmann has not yet paid off.

Only four teams have ever advanced from a Champions League knockout tie when losing the first leg by three goals or more, and none since Liverpool’s infamous Barcelona comeback of 2019. However, it has been more than three years since the hosts failed to score in a competitive match at the Allianz Arena, drawing 0-0 with RB Leipzig in February 2020.

City are chasing the treble after closing in on Arsenal on the Premier League table while they are also in the semifinal of the FA Cup.

Between Bayern and City, the one who progresses meets Real Madrid in the semifinal stage of the European competition.

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