Okay, so the DFL Supercup is almost here, and Bayern Munich face Eintracht Frankfurt, Niko Kovac will face his former team, and we here at Bavarian Football Works face the question of who will start on Sunday. Thanks to a bunch of preseason friendlies and a helpful press conference, we have a decent idea of the XI that will take to the pitch in Frankfurt tomorrow.
Corentin Tolisso remains the only Bayern Munich player on holiday from the World Cup, so we can naturally count him out of the running (barring a really BIG surprise). Unfortunately, James Rodriguez is also doubtful for the the game, due to an ankle injury sustained in Bayern’s 20-2 win over a 10th division side. Things like this can only happen to Bayern.
On a lighter note, Leon Goretzka, Serge Gnabry, and Renato Sanches have all been given a clean bill of health by the coach, and will be available for selection. Niko kovac has said that he wants to play with the ball and press when the team loses possession, so there is no one better than Thiago Alcantara for the job. He was paired with Javi Martinez in the friendly against Manchester United, so it’s possible that Thiago-Javi is the pivot Kovac plans on using going forward.
In attack, Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller are expected to start as the two main strikers, but who will flank them remains a mystery. Kovac has a raft of options between Kingsley Coman, Serge Gnabry, Franck Ribery, and Arjen Robben, and he has given no indication in preseason of which pairing he prefers. We’ll just have to wait and see for this one.
Here are the some of the best guesses from the BFW staff: