The German champions are missing a few key players - Arjen Robben, Jerome Boateng, Manuel Neuer, and Sven Ulreich all had to stay back in Munich due to various injuries. They were recently joined by Thiago Alcantara, whose “knock” sustained in the Telekom Cup turned out to be worse than expected. Meanwhile, Arturo Vidal, Joshua Kimmich, Niklas Sule, and Sebastian Rudy remain on holiday.
AC Milan meanwhile are trying to pull together what is (almost) a brand new team. Their new signings - which include the likes of Leonardo Bonucci, Hakan Calhanoglu, and Ricardo Rodriguez - will be looking for game time with their new teammates. It is a much more settled situation for Bayern, who only have Corentin Tolisso and James Rodriguez as fresh faces on the squad.
It will be a good opportunity for Carlo Ancelotti to try something new with his starting XI. He might do something outlandish. He might play the kids. We don’t really know. All we know is this:
It’s (kinda) Bayern time.
Location: Shenzhen Universiade Sports Center, Shenzhen, China
Time: 5:30 pm local, 5:30 am EDT
TV/Streaming: Detailed listings (time zones included)
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