We’ve spent the last month covering the 2018 FIFA World Cup from Russia here at Bavarian Football Works, and following France’s victory over Croatia on Sunday, it’s time to move on to bigger (yes, bigger!) and better (yes, better!) things.
That’s right, folks. It’s Bayern Munich time!
This coming Saturday, Bayern will return to the field for their first match as part of the International Champions Cup. They will face Paris Saint-Germain at the Wörthersee Stadion in Klagenfurt, Austria in what is also their first real action of the preseason.
The match will be the first one that we get to witness some of the ideas that Niko Kovac has for this Bayern squad. While he won’t have a full complement of players available, there will be enough talent available for him to display some of his ideas.
It’s likely that Kovac will take a squad mixed with veterans and U-19 players to get some experience for the young players. Barring something happening this week, you can expect to see familiar faces like Arjen Robben, David Alaba, Franck Ribery, Arturo Vidal, Juan Bernat, Rafinha, Kingsley Coman, Sandro Wagner, and Javi Martinez.
So, what can we expect from the matchup? Hopefully, it will be a fun affair. Both teams will be without their World Cup stars, so it will be difficult to take too much away from the match. However, we may get a good glimpse into what kind of formations Kovac thinks he can run out with this group.
On top of all that, there are still 47 days remaining in the summer 2018 transfer window. Are more moves on the horizon for Bayern? It’s hard to tell at this point, but if there’s anything we know about this club, it’s that they are able to spring transfers on you when nobody is thinking about them.
Are you ready to start the season? Here. We. Go!