Bayern Munich can seal place in knockout stage of Champions League against Roma

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MUNICH — After a record 7-1 win in Rome, Bayern Munich does not expect another rout Wednesday when it hosts Roma in a home Group E match in the Champions League.

Bayern can seal a place in the knockout stages with a draw. Victory will guarantee first place in Group E.

In the other match, Manchester City needs a win at home to CSKA Moscow to improve its chances of advancing.

Bayern leads the group with nine points from three matches; Roma has four, City two and CSKA one.

Here are some things to know about Wednesday's games:


ANOTHER RECORD?

Bayern's 7-1 triumph was its biggest away victory in the Champions League. If it wins again Wednesday, Bayern will become the first German team to secure top spot in a group after only four matches.

Atletico Madrid achieved the feat last season and reached the final. There, it lost to city rivals Real Madrid, which could secure first place in Group B Tuesday against Liverpool.


ANOTHER ROUT?

Bayern players do not expect another rout like the 7-1 victory in Italy.

"Roma has learned something from the first match, they will play differently," said attacking midfielder Mario Goetze. "Our goal is to take three points and make everything clear, but we should not start celebrating too early."

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said Bayern would not be complacent. "We know that Roma is a strong team," he said.

David Alaba said Roma will not be afraid: "Surely they will have respect for us, but we will also have respect for them."


ANOTHER ROTATION?

With Franck Ribery returning after injury, Guardiola has five healthy stars available in attack. The other four are Arjen Robben, Thomas Mueller, Robert Lewandowski and Mario Goetze.

Guardiola usually uses four forwards so one of them is likely to be used as a substitute.

Ribery came off the bench for Goetze on Saturday to engineer Bayern's 2-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.


PROBLEMS FOR ROMA

Little has gone right for Roma coach Rudi Garcia since his side's 7-1 mauling by Bayern.

Roma has drawn at Sampdoria and lost against Napoli to slip three points behind Serie A leader Juventus.

"Our attitude was wrong from the start," Garcia said. "The problem was a mental one and we will reflect on that. We have to improve and, even if it is the first time it happens, it cannot happen again."

Roma has problems in defense for the trip to Munich. Experienced full-back Maicon failed to make the squad because of knee problems. He will be replaced by Vasilis Torosidis, who missed training Monday with a muscular problem.

Fellow defenders Davide Astori and Leandro Castan are also sidelined.


LAMPARD RETURN COULD BOOST CITY

Frank Lampard may return after injury in Manchester City's midfield for its game at home to CSKA Moscow.

City is third in Group E. Victory is essential if Manuel Pellegrini's team is to qualify for the knockout stages.

Lampard missed last month's encounter in which City squandered a two-goal lead and drew 2-2.

"I'm not far off selection," Lampard said. "I've been working very hard to get back because I was really enjoying playing."

City's confidence was boosted Sunday when they beat local rivals Manchester United 1-0 in the Premier League with a second half goal from striker Sergio Aguero.

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