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Bayern Munich UEFA Champions League Squad Released

Gaudino and Højbjerg are left in the reserve list as Kurt and Weiser are included with Bayern's stars

Lennart Preiss

The Champions League is less than a week and a half away, and Bayern Munich have released the 25-man roster they will use in 2014:

Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Manuel Neuer
22 Tom Starke
23 Pepe Reina
Mehdi Benatia
13 Rafinha
17 Jérôme Boateng
18 Juan Bernat
21 Philipp Lahm
27 David Alaba
28 Holger Badstuber
30 Mitchell Weiser
Xabi Alonso
Thiago Alcântara
Franck Ribéry
Javi Martínez
10 Arjen Robben
11 Xherdan Shaqiri
19 Mario Götze
20 Sebastian Rode
25 Thomas Müller
31 Bastian Schweinsteiger
Robert Lewandowski
14 Claudio Pizarro
24 Sinan Kurt
Player List B
29 Leopold Zingerle 38 Ylli Sallahi 15 Lucas Scholl
16 Gianluca Gaudino
34 Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
36 Patrick Weihrauch

Most of this squad was fairly predictable. Even most of the B list players are the same. There are some significant aspects to this squad though that reveals how Bayern will construct their team sheets throughout the season.

  1. Bayern is bullish on their injured players, and not just the high-profile ones like Martínez, Thiago, and Schweinsteiger. The fact that Weiser is included in the 25-man squad means that they expect him to be a significant part of their team upon his return. The 20-year-old is in the final year of the 3-year contract he signed upon his transfer from 1. FC Köln, and this will be his last chance to make an impression with Bayern.
  2. Gaudino and Højbjerg were important parts of Bayern's midfield during the preseason, whether in the center or on the wings. They appear destined for limited playing time as the season cranks up, though, as both find themselves on the reserve player list. This could be a byproduct of Alonso's signing from Real Madrid, pushing the youth down in the squad ranking. The more simpler explanation is that Kurt and Weiser provide better versatility once Martínez, Thiago, and Schweinsteiger return.
  3. Weihrauch never lived up to his professional contract, but he is still lingering around in the first team picture. He might be just a team sheet filler, but the fact that the 20-year-old is even close to the first team shows that Bayern have not given up on him. He has played just four matches with the reserves, so he will still have no impact with the first team.

Bayern face Manchester City on Septeber 17th at the Allianz Arena, kickstarting another Champions League campaign for the German champions as they look for their sixth title.

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