Man, that second half of the season really flew by. At one point, it was impossible to imagine us getting here — Bayern Munich are now German champions for a record seventh straight time, and we have the chance to win our first domestic double since the Pep Guardiola era.
The last time Bayern made it to the Pokal final, Niko Kovac’s Eintracht Frankurt broke our hearts — hopefully, Kovac can make up for it against RB Leipzig.
The injury list isn’t long but it makes for some grim reading. Manuel Neuer is back but Sven Ulreich is doubtful. Javi Martinez and James Rodriguez are back, but Leon Goretzka is out. That last one is especially painful, as Goretzka was one of the top performers in the league game against Leipzig two weeks ago.
Oh well, it can’t be helped. According to Kovac, he will start the team that has been successful throughout the season, so there will be no sentimental spots for Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, or Rafinha in their final competitive game for the club. There are trophies at stake.
So, who will line up then? Well, it’s kinda easy to predict (we don’t have many options). Robert Lewandowski will be the striker, with Thomas Muller behind him and Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry manning the flanks. In midfield, we will have a pairing of Thiago Alcantara and Javi Martinez — Javi missed our last game against Leipzig with an injury, but he’s back for this one.
Finally, in defense, we will have David Alaba and Joshua Kimmich as the fullbacks, and Mats Hummels and Niklas Sule in central defense. Manuel Neuer will finally return to the goalkeeping position, donning the captain’s armband in the process. Overall, here’s how we think the team will line up:
Reminder that the game will be broadcast for free on the official YouTube channel.
This is not good. According to Bild, Robert Lewandowski trained with a bandage on his calf. We don’t know what that was about, but he could be nursing an injury. Hopefully it was something minor and he will be able to play tomorrow. If not ...
Robert Lewandowski has a problem as he trained with a bandage on his left calf today [Bild] pic.twitter.com/fmBmrq4nac— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) May 24, 2019