Bayern Munich wants 1st place in Group D

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 26, 2013 at 5:38 am •  Published: November 26, 2013
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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Bayern Munich and Manchester City have already qualified for the knockout stage from Group D, leaving CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen to fight for third place and a slot in the Europa League.

Bayern, three points ahead of City, travels to CSKA, while City hosts Plzen, which is still without a point. Moscow has three points.

Here are 5 things to know ahead of Wednesday's matches:

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RECORD CHASING

Unbeaten at home in 38 consecutive matches, Bayern is chasing another landmark.

The German club can set a Champions League record of 10 straight victories by beating CSKA Moscow after equaling Barcelona's 2002-03 record of nine in a row. Bayern can also match a club record for successive wins on the road in Europe — it is one short of six, set by Bayern's 1995-96 UEFA Cup-winning team.

"We want to win the group and we can't afford to lose," Bayern president Uli Hoeness said.

Bayern will be without striker Mario Mandzukic, who stayed home to nurse a calf injury.

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THE MOLE

Bayern coach Pep Guardiola is reportedly livid that someone leaked his game plan to a newspaper ahead of the Bundesliga derby against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

It didn't seem to matter, since Bayern won 3-0, but Bayern's managers say whoever the mole is will have a "serious problem" when and if uncovered.

Club president Uli Hoeness was more relaxed about it.

"I am laughing about it. If that was our only problem, we can live with it," Hoeness said. "I think the players are laughing their heads off when they read the headlines."

Bayern captain Plilipp Lahm said whoever was leaking what happens in the locker room was breaking team rules, but that it won't affect the team's performance.

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HART RETURNS

Paying the price for a string of costly blunders at the start of the season, England goalkeeper Joe Hart has been on the substitutes bench at Manchester City for the last five games as rival Costel Pantilimon is given a run in the first team.

City manager Manuel Pellegrini, though, said Hart will start against Viktoria Plzen on Wednesday, giving the keeper an opportunity to prove he is worthy of a permanent recall to the team.

Pellegrini still appears unsure which goalkeeper to go with, with Pantilimon being largely error-free since replacing Hart.



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