MUNICH (Sporting Alert) — The stage is now set for tonight’s Audi Cup 2013 final between Bayern Munich and Manchester City at Allianz Arena in Munich.
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Both teams were impressive in their semi-finals on Wednesday and come into tonight’s contest confident of sealing the win.
Costel Pantilimon has been handed the starting place in goal for Manchester City ahead of regular first choice Joe Hart as the English Premier League side made nine changes from the side that beat AC Milan 5-3 in the semis.
Summer recruits Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo have been handed the responsibilities of leading the attack with Vincent Kompany, Fernandinho, Samir Nasri and Gareth Barry all starting as well.
Manchester City left the likes of Edin Dzeko, Yaya Toure, Aleksandar Kolarov, Jesus Navas, Sergio Aguero and Micah Richards on the bench.
Bayern Munich, in the meantime, made two changes from the team that beat Sao Paulo with Thiago and Thomas Muller starting this game.
Amongst the players on the bench are Claudio Pizarro, who started in the semis, Mario Mandzukic, who was on target against the Brazilian side and Xherdan Shaqiri, who was pretty impressive when coming on as a substitute.
Bayern Munich team: Neuer, Lahm, Martinez, Dante, Alaba, Schweinsteiger, Muller, Thiago, Robben, Ribery, Kroos.
Subs: 22. Tom Starke 5. Daniel Van Buyten 9. Mario Mandzukic 11. Xherdan Shaqiri 13. Rafinha 14. Claudio Pizarro 15. Jan Kirchhoff 17. Jerome Boateng 23. Mitchell Weiser 34. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg 37. Julian Green
Manchester City team: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kompany, Boyata, Clichy, Milner, Fernandinho, Barry, Nasri, Jovetic, Negredo.
Subs: 1. Joe Hart 2. Micah Richards 6. Joleon Lescott 10. Edin Dzeko 11. Scott Sinclair 13. Aleksandar Kolarov 14. Javi Garcia 15. Jesus Navas 16. Sergio Aguero 17. Jack Rodwell 21. David Silva 36. Denis Suarez 42. Yaya Toure 29. Richard Wright