The Champions League quarterfinals are upon us. Fresh off a dominant 6-0 Massiker of Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich is carrying a frightening amount of moment into the first leg of their tie with surprise quarterfinalist Sevilla FC. We asked three of our writers to come up with the lineup they think Jupp Heynckes will unleash on Sevilla.
Bayern are full of confidence heading into their clash against Sevilla at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, but Jupp Heynckes will be going to Spain wary of his opponents, this occasion being the first time Bayern Munich and Sevilla have met in UEFA competition. The German side will face Sevilla with a similar line-up to that of their victory against Borussia Dortmund. The experienced Heynckes will be hoping that Bayern’s display on the pitch will be more of the same against their Spanish opponents. With the reliable back line of Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels and Alaba, Bayern will be looking to the midfield and attack to takeover the game in Spain. The Bavarians will be feeling confident in their abilities to return home with a win.
The back 5 for me picks itself, especially having (presumably) Sule, Bernat, and Rafinha available to come off of the bench if and when needed. Having Javi and Thiago in the center of midfield will strike the right balance of stability and creativeness just in front on the back four; Thiago’s quick distribution from the center of the pitch can be effective, given how exposed Sevilla can leave themselves when they send numbers forward. With the front four, I think James, Muller, and Robben can interchange with one another to cause problems and free up space for Lewandowski, and also provide him service...
I’ve decided to go with a Heynckes’ classic for this match. A 4-2-3-1 with the best available players should handle Sevilla in this round. While I have some concern about Robben after he went 90 minutes on Saturday, it wouldn’t shock me to see him grab a goal. He’s the guy to watch.