Manuel Pellegrini: Man City must be at their best v Bayern Munich

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says the Citizens must be at their best for 90 minutes against champions Bayern Munich

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Manuel Pellegrini took over from Roberto Mancini at City Photo: Universidad Católica de Chile

Manuel Pellegrini admits Manchester City must be at their best for 90 minutes if the Citizens want to secure a positive result against Bayern Munich.

The Citizens produced a near-perfect performance to secure an emphatic 4-1 victory over Manchester United but failed to build on the derby win as they suffered a 3-2 loss to Aston Villa on Saturday.

City made their first-ever winning start to a Champions League group-stage campaign at Viktoria Plzen in their Group D opener, and Pellegrini knows the Citizens must be at their best against the reigning champions.

“We need to play for 90 minutes in the best way, knowing that with every mistake or error we can concede a goal,” Pellegrini said. “It is very important to concentrate for the whole 90 minutes.”

The Chilean has never beaten Pep Guardiola during his time as Villarreal, Málaga and Real Madrdid boss, but Pellegrini wants three points against Munich on Wednesday night.

“We will to try to win our points at home – Bayern is a very strong team but we’re also in a good moment and hopefully we can get the three points here,” he added.

“We never think about a draw. If we cannot win it’s better to draw than lose but we’re not going to go onto the pitch thinking a draw against Bayern. From the first minute we will go for three points.”

Man City v Bayern Munich: Pre-match facts

• The clubs first met in the 2011/12 group stage, Jupp Heynckes’ Bayern beating City 2-0 in Munich on 27 September 2011 thanks to two Mario Gomez goals (38, 45+1).

• The Bavarian club had already secured first place in the group by the time they met again on matchday six and although David Silva (36) and Yaya Toure (52) earned City a 2-0 home victory, it counted for nothing with Napoli winning the group’s other fixture to leave Roberto Mancini’s men in third place.

• City failed to survive the group stage in their two previous Champions League appearances but have kept intact an impressive undefeated sequence at home in Europe which stretches back 20 matches to a 1-0 loss against Midtjylland in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup second qualifying round.

• Bayern’s most recent encounter with English opposition was their Uefa Super Cup contest against Chelsea on 30 August in Prague. They won 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 draw, Franck Ribery and Javi Martínez scoring Bayern’s goals.

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