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Preview: Bayern v CSKA Moskva

PFC CSKA Moskva meet FC Bayern München in a must-win match heartened by their victory and display in their last European away game, in Manchester a month ago.

Josep Guardiola directs Bayern coaching
Josep Guardiola directs Bayern coaching ©Getty Images

Bayern ready to face a CSKA side with "a lot of character"
CSKA encouraged by their matchday four success at Manchester City
Bayern won 1-0 against CSKA on 30 September thanks to a Thomas Müller penalty
Josep Guardiola's team have kept five clean sheets in their last six games
Igor Akinfeev has conceded in each of his past 26 UEFA Champions League matches

Permutations: Bayern (12pts) v CSKA (5)
Bayern have clinched first place.
CSKA, to finish second, must win and hope Roma do not beat Manchester City.

Possible lineups
Bayern: Neuer; Rafinha, Boateng, Dante, Bernat; Schweinsteiger, Rode, Ribéry, Götze, Müller; Lewandowski.
• Out: Alaba (knee), Badstuber (thigh), Martínez (knee), Lahm (ankle), Pizarro (thigh), Alcántara (knee), Reina (calf), Starke (ankle), Benatia (suspended)

CSKA: Akinfeev; Mario Fernandes, V Berezutski, Ignashevich, Schennikov; Wernbloom, Natcho, Milanov, Eremenko, Dzagoev; Doumbia.
• Out: Elm (stomach), A Berezutski (muscle)

Josep Guardiola, Bayern coach
Normally CSKA are quite defensive. We have to put a lot of pressure on their players – who are very quick – right from the beginning. I don't know how many changes I will make to my team, but some of my players are quite tired after the league game against Bayer Leverkusen.

CSKA have not changed much since last year, but this year we are already through – that's the main difference. CSKA have a lot of character, they showed that against Manchester City and Roma. They still have a chance to qualify, so I am sure they will give everything to win.

Our fans deserve to see a good match tomorrow, but we have very important games coming up in the Bundesliga and we have to keep this in mind too.

Leonid Slutski, CSKA coach
All the players who have travelled to Munich are well. There are no problems at all, they are all in good shape. Bayern are a strong team and clear favourites. Playing at home is to their advantage, although we will have our chances and we will see what happens.

The game against City was very important. All my players know what they are capable of and they know what is waiting for them tomorrow. However, the victory against Manchester City [2-1 away from home on matchday four] does not mean that we are favourites to progress.

Weekend results
Bayern 1-0 Bayer 04 Leverkusen (Ribéry 51)
FC Kuban Krasnodar 0-1 CSKA (Musa 45) 

Form guide (all competitions)
Bayern: WWLWWW
CSKA: WWWDLL

Match facts
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