Now that this horrible international break is over, Bayern Munich fans can finally enjoy the return of their beloved club in a game against Heiko Herrlich’s Bayer Leverkusen. Leverkusen, a club best known for their uproariously funny English twitter account (which frequently gets into feuds with our own @FCBayernUS), have not had the rosiest start to the season, losing both of their opening games. They have a daunting task if they want to take any points from this Bayern side, who are playing some great football at the moment.
Heading into a stretch of 7 games in 22 days, “rotation” was the buzzword for Niko Kovac in press conference. The coach confirmed that everyone was fit and available, except for Kingsley Coman who suffered a ligament injury on matchday 1. Most importantly, Kovac confirmed that James Rodriguez had been working through some injury problems over the break, and is now finally fit and ready for selection.
Apart from that, here’s a quick rundown of the manager’s press conference:
- Joshua Kimmich will keep playing at right back. No changes there.
- Franck Ribery felt a slight thigh blockage in training but it’s all fine.
- Kovac likes what he’s seen from Renato Sanches.
- Every player will get his chance eventually.
Since there’s not much else worth mentioning, let’s get on with our predicted lineups: