Sadio Mane misses out against former rival Manchester City but Erling Haaland could feature against old foe Bayern Munich as the German and English champions meet in a tantalizing pre-season friendly at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Saturday (kick-off: 6 p.m. CDT/1 a.m. CEST+1).
Bayern kicked off their Audi Summer Tour in the United States in style with a 6-2 thrashing of DC United on Wednesday night. And it took just five minutes for Mane to score his first goal for the club since leaving Liverpool, hammering in a penalty to open the scoring. Marcel Sabitzer and Serge Gnabry also got on the scoresheet in the first half as Julian Nagelsmann tested a new formation with a fluid front three, following the departure of striker Robert Lewandowski. Among the series of changes made for the second half, the club’s newest arrival, Matthijs de Ligt, also made his debut, only to score within 100 seconds with a well-taken volley from a corner. The Dutch defender has only been given half an hour after all his moves, but is hoping for more in this second and final friendly. However, Mane will not take part in this game, having returned to Munich after winning the African Player of the Year award in Morocco on Thursday. Bayern themselves return home after that game to start preparing for the season-opening Super Cup against RB Leipzig the following Saturday.
Haaland sat out Man City’s tour opener as they beat Club America 2-1 in Houston thanks to a brace from former Wolfsburg and Werder Bremen player Kevin de Bruyne. The Norwegian striker, who left Borussia Dortmund in the summer, would likely have hoped to make his debut in blue against another club, having lost all seven of his competitive appearances to Bayern so far in his career. The English champions are without several key players on this tour, including Germany international Ilkay Gündogan, but boast another summer arrival from the Bundesliga in goalkeeper Stefan Ortega from Arminia Bielefeld. Former Bayern boss Pep Guardiola’s only previous meetings with his former club date back to the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals with Barcelona. It all makes for a special occasion as the 81,000 capacity Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers, is hosting a football game for the first time.
Look: Highlights from Bayern’s first win over DC United
- Mane scored 10 goals in 19 appearances against City, including a hat-trick for Southampton and a brace in last season’s FA Cup semi-final victory for Liverpool.
- Bayern hold the historic advantage over the English opposition in European competition with 27 wins for 18 defeats (D16).
- Six of those games were against Man City, with three wins apiece but 10 Bayern goals to City’s nine.
- Leroy Sane made 134 competitive appearances for Cityzens, scoring 37 times and winning two English Premier League titles.
- Guardiola spent three years in charge of Bayern, winning the Bundesliga title every season. His average of 2.41 points per game at the helm only tops the records of Hansi Flick and Jupp Heynckes.
- Haaland scored five of his 85 goals in just 88 Dortmund appearances against Bayern but lost all seven games against them.
Bavaria: Neuer (c) – Pavard, Upamecano, Hernandez – Mazraoui, Kimmich, Sabitzer, Davies – Müller, Gnabry, Sane
Out: Goretzka (knee), Mane (return to Munich)
Coach: Julien Nagelsmann
City of Man: Ederson – Walter, Dias, Ake, Cancelo – Phillips, Rodri, De Bruyne (c) – Mahrez, Haaland, Silva
Out: Foden (not included), Gündogan (not included), Laporte (fitness match), Stones (not included)
Coach: Pep Guardiola