September 24, 2020

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Mario Gomez is mobbed by his team mates after opening the scoring

Bayern Munich sent Manchester City and their millionaire stars back to school with a convincing 2-0 in the Champions League.

A brace from Mario Gomez sunk Roberto Mancini’s men in their first test among the European elite.

But the game was over-shadowed by City substitute Carlos Tevez who refused to come on when needed in the second half.

After the match Mancini said as long as he in charge at Eastlands, the fiery Argentinean will never play for him again.

Munich boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge warned against the euphoria sweeping the German giants after their impressive win over Manchester City in the Champions League.

Munich’s Allianz Arena will host the Champions League final on May 19, but Rummenigge has warned against any day-dreaming of Munich lifting European football’s top domestic title for the first time since 2001.

“The Champions League doesn’t really get going until the knock-out stages and the title will be won in May, not in September,” said Rummenigge, Bayern’s Chief Executive Officer.

“So let’s keep our feet on the ground. We need to take this step-by-step.”

His comments were echoed by Tobias Fischer of the Cayman branch of the Bayern Munich supporters club.

Fischer said: “Manchester City were never going to be of any serious threat to Bayern.  I don’t care how much they have spent on players we will always be far superior.”

It was an equally bad day at the office for Manchester United who let a two goal lead slip to draw at home to Basle.

Carlos Tevez stayed put on the substitute’s bench

And it took a last gasp equaliser from Ashley Young to spare United’s blushed who before then were trailing 3-2 to the unfancied Swiss outfit.

Sir Alex Ferguson labelled his players “careless” and “lax” after Basle came close to inflicting a home humiliation on Manchester United.

Young’s last-minute header in the Champions League clash rescued a point for United but Ferguson was not happy with the 3-3 draw.

He said: “I thought there was a carelessness about us throughout the game. The attacking part was very good at times – we played some very good football, particularly in the first half. But there was a carelessness about us and really, they could have scored three goals in the first half.”

Ferguson added: “I suppose in many ways, it is ‘welcome to European football’ because they were very lax for parts of the game.

“We were careless. It’s a wake-up call in many ways. A lack of concentration saw us give the game away really, but we rescued it.”

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