The Champions League is over, but the midweek games continue. Bayern Munich host Wolfsburg this week in a game that the team really has to win. With a win since the restart of the league, Hansi Flick and his boys can’t afford any more points before a table battle with Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.
Some good news and some bad news. Joshua Kimmich is back in partial training, but will not be available until Saturday at the earliest. Leon Goretzka is out for tomorrow’s game and leaves Bayern very thin in midfield. Tanguy Nianzou and Javi Martinez are unfortunately still injured. Niklas Sule is back and Lucas Hernandez may finally be able to get back into the line-up. Having them around would strengthen Bayern’s defense immensely.
So what about the actual XI? You can’t go wrong with Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Müller, neither of whom the coach has any intention of sitting on the bench. With Kingsley Coman and Leroy Sane up against Union Berlin, Flick may plan to get Douglas Costa and Serge Gnabry to rotate tomorrow. Or maybe he’s giving Jamal Musiala a start on the piano? Who knows – I’m not Hansi Flick.
In midfield, the coach was shy about who to choose in the line-up. This clearly means Manuel Neuer will make his outfield debut four years after Pep Guardiola tried to do the same but was stopped by Rummenigge. If KHR plays spoiler again, Hansi could be forced to set a double pivot point for Corentin Tolisso and Marc Roca as Plan B. We’ll know when we see it.
Defense at last. Alphonso Davies is likely to be rested for the returning Lucas Hernandez while Niklas Sule (if fit) can likely come for Jerome Boateng. David Alaba and Benjamin Pavard complete the backline for Bayern, who really need to start teaming up.
Tomorrow’s line-up could easily look like this:
- Jamal Musiala plays for both wingers.
- Alphonso Davies for David Alaba, Lucas for CB.
- Alex Nubel changes, Neuer changes to midfield.