It’s September, which means only one thing for football fans - the UEFA Champions League is back! While the first matchday of the group stage already promises some juicy ties - such as Juventus’ trip to Barcelona - Bayern Munich will be glad to have a relatively easy team to face in the first game.
Of course, in Europe’s Premier club competition, things are never that simple. Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti comes into the game with an injury crisis already underway and the first loss of the season already under his belt. While Jerome Baoteng and James Rodriguez recently returned to fitness, the Italian will likely be forced to play Rafinha at left back due to injuries to both David Alaba and Juan Bernat. Yet despite this, a strong performance against the Belgian champions is demanded by the Bavarian faithful, and Carlo Ancelotti is expected to deliver. A big UCL home game is exactly what the team needs to bounce back.
It’s Bayern time.
Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
Time: 8:45 pm local time, 2:45 am EST
⚽️ Unsere Aufstellung gegen Anderlecht! #FCBARSC #packmas pic.twitter.com/LaGIxzt5FB— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) September 12, 2017
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