Bayern Munich traveled north to Bremen without their number one goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer, according to several reports. Sport1 is reporting his absence is not due to injury, but rather an opportunity to give the world's best goalkeeper a "breather".
Bayern played four matches over a week and a half: two in the Bundesliga, one in the DFB-Pokal, and one in the Champions League. Neuer is one of six players – David Alaba, Jérôme Boateng, Mario Götze, Rafinha, and Arjen Robben are the others – to start all four of those matches.
Pepe Reina would be the goalkeeper tipped to start after playing the most matches between the pipes in the Winterpause. The Spaniard transferred from Liverpool before the season for €2 million, but has yet to make an appearance. If Pep Guardiola does in fact call his name, Reina will be the first foreign goalkeeper to don the 'keeper kit since Jean-Marie Pfaff in 1988.