Bayern will want to show their mettle and prove to their new coach what they are made of. Here is a lineup to make it real.
Bayern have a point to prove to the critics and to Osram as well. Some of the players who did not play under Jupp’s previous spell will have an opportunity to show their talents and to prove themselves to him. Overall, Bayern must prove that they truly and deservingly are one of the top three teams in the world after the PSG match.
Jupp Heynckes could stick with the 4-2-3-1 formation he has used so successfully before.
Sven Ulrich remains between the sticks. David Alaba on the left and Joshua Kimmich on the right seem obvious. I suspect Jupp will go with Jérôme Boateng and Niklas Süle in central defence.
Mats Hummels rests for the Hamburg this weekend. Heynckes has spoken a lot about defence after accepting the interim coach’s role. He has made it evident that he is concerned about the space between the two central defenders. He wants them to be more compact.Indeed, this leaves more space between the fullbacks and the central defenders. However, it shuts down long-range shots and attacks down the middle. This, in turn, forces the opposing team to use the wider areas for attacks.
Indeed, this leaves more space between the full-backs and the central defenders. However, it shuts down long-range shots and attacks down the middle. This, in turn, forces the opposing team to use the wider areas for attacks.
There are numerous reasons behind using this tactic. The most obvious is that Bayern lacks pace in the central defence. Bayern can rely on young Joshua Kimmich and David Alaba to provide speed out wide. Also, the physicality and sheer height of Boateng and Süle make it very difficult for a cross to reach its target accurately.
Bayern’s most congested area has gotten even more congested with the addition of Javi Martínez. Thankfully for the others, he’s out injured and will not feature for the next couple of games. Jupp generally plays with a combination of a trequartista (deep-lying playmaker) and a destroyer in the midfield back two. With that in mind, I think we will see Arturo Vidal playing the destroyer. Sebastian Rudy or Corentin Tolisso will feature in the playmaker’s role. This will again give sufficient rest to Thiago for the crunch Pokal match.
In attack, I think Jupp would use James Rodriguez and Kingsley Coman out wide with Thomas Müller playing just behind the in-form Robert Lewandowski. With Ribery injured, Kingsley Coman will get a lot of game time on the left wing and the ageing Robben ideally should not be played every three days.
James Rodriguez is arguably one of the most exciting signings of the transfer window but has not reached his potential yet. With a few training sessions up his sleeve, James would be ready and raring to prove himself at the Allianz Arena.
With the hunger, confidence and the crowd behind the back, this Bayern team should comfortably cruise to its second Champions League win of the campaign.