The Champions League is over, but the weekly arrangements continue. Bayern Munich host Wolfsburg this week in a game the team really needs to win. With only since a league win since the league resumed, Hansi Flick and his boys can no longer afford lowered points until Saturday’s top of the table clash with Bayer Leverkusen.
Some good and bad news. Joshua Kimmich has returned to partial team training, but will not be available until Saturday at the earliest. Meanwhile Leon Goretzka is sidelined for tomorrow’s game, leaving Bayern very thin in midfield. Tanguy Nianzou and Javi Martinez are unfortunately still injured. Niklas Sule returned, however, and Lucas Hernandez may finally be fit to return to the lineup. Having them around would strengthen Bayern’s defense tremendously.
So what about the actual XI? Well, you can’t go wrong with Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller, none of whom the coach intends to rest. Since Kingsley Coman and Leroy Sane started against Union Berlin, maybe Flick plans to put Douglas Costa and Serge Gnabry there tomorrow for a rotation. Or maybe he will give Jamal Musiala the start of the wing? Who knows – I’m not Hansi Flick.
In midfield, the coach was afraid of who he would choose in the lineup. This clearly means Manuel Neuer will make his outside debut, four years after Pep Guardiola tried to do the same, but Rummenigge stopped him. If KHR plays spoilers again, Hansi may have to put a double pivot of Corentin Tolisso and Marc Roca as plan B. We’ll know when we see it.
Finally, the defense. Alphonso Davies will likely rest for the returning Lucas Hernandez, while Niklas Sule (if appropriate) can probably come for Jerome Boateng. David Alaba and Benjamin Pavard complete the back line for Bayern, who really need to start their performance.
So without further ado, here’s what tomorrow’s lineup might look like:
- Jamal Musiala came in from both sides.
- Alphonso Davies replaces David Alaba, Lucas to CB.
- Alex Nubel in, Neuer moves to midfield.