Rejoice! Bayern Munich is back! After a strong summer window followed by an excruciating preseason campaign (which included losses to Arsenal, Milan, and Liverpool), the German record champions kick-off the new season against 3.Liga side Chemnitzer FC in the DFB Pokal.
The Bavarians come into the game with deep wounds in the squad. Coach Carlo Ancelotti has very little to choose from when it comes to his starting XI - injuries to Jerome Boateng, Javi Martinez, David Alaba, and Juan Bernat have rendered Bayern’s backline dangerously thin, while key players like Thiago Alcantara and James Rodriguez remain sidelined due to injuries. However, the coach still has plenty of quality at his disposal, with new signings Corentin Tolisso, Sebastian Rudy, and Niklas Sule all set to slot into the lineup.
All things considered, the game should be a rather simple affair for the Bavarians, who outclass their opponents in all areas of the pitch. However, this is football we’re talking about, so no one can be quite sure. All we know is this:
It’s Bayern time.
Location: Stadion an der Gellertstrasse, Chemnitz, Germany
Time: 3:30 pm local time, 9:30 am EST
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