The Champions League is over, but the midweek rounds continue. Bayern Munich are hosting Wolfsburg this week in a game the team really needs to win. With only one league win since the league restart, Hansi Flick and his boys can’t afford any more points lost before Saturday’s top-flight clash with Bayer Leverkusen.
Some good and bad news. Joshua Kimmich is back to partially training, but he won’t be available until Saturday at the earliest. Leon Goretzka, on the other hand, is absent for tomorrow’s game, leaving Bayern very thin in midfield. Unfortunately, Tanguy Nianzou and Javi Martinez are still injured. Niklas Sule is back, and Lucas Hernandez could finally be in good shape to get back into training. Having them around would strengthen Bayern’s defense immensely.
And what about the current XI? Well, you can’t go wrong with Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller, neither of whom the coach has plans to bench. Since Kingsley Coman and Leroy Sane started against Union Berlin, perhaps Flick has plans to field Douglas Costa and Serge Gnabry tomorrow for the rotation. Or maybe it will give Jamal Musiala an edge on the wing? Who knows, I’m not Hansi Flick.
In midfield, the manager was shy about who he would pick in the lineup. This clearly means that Manuel Neuer is ready to make his debut on the pitch, four years after Pep Guardiola tried to do the same but was stopped by Rummenigge. If KHR plays spoilsport once again, Hansi may be forced to put a Corentin Tolisso and Marc Roca double pivot out there as plan B. We’ll know when we see him.
Finally, the defense. Alphonso Davies will likely be rested for the return of Lucas Hernandez, while Niklas Sule (if fit) can likely come in for Jerome Boateng. David Alaba and Benjamin Pavard round out Bayern’s bottom line, who really need to start working together.
So, without further ado, here’s what tomorrow’s lineup might look like:
- Jamal Musiala for both wings.
- Alphonso Davies for David Alaba, Lucas for CB.
- Alex Nubel enters, Neuer goes to midfield.