A few hours ago, Bayern Munich submitted their 28-man squad for the 2019-2020 UEFA Champions League competition. Unlike Juventus Turin, who decided to leave out big-name players such as the former Bayern men Emre Can and Mario Mandžukić, Niko Kovač’s squad selection provided no real surprises.
All 24 players from the professional Bayern Munich squad was included as well four from Bayern Munich II: Oliver Batista Meier, Sarpreet Singh, Joshua Zirkzee and Daniels Ontužāns.
These four are not the only Bayern players included in the squad that could make their Champions League debut this season. Despite being added to Bayern’s roster ahead of their latest Champions League feature against Liverpool in February this year, Canadian international Alphonso Davies might very well make his first Champions League appearance this season. Other players who could play in a European club-competition for the first time includes Lukas Mai, Fiete Arp, Christian Früchtl, Ron-Thorben Hoffman and Michaël Cuisance.
Bayern are in Group B alongside with Tottenham Hotspurs, Red Star Belgrade and Olympiacos. The first game for Die Roten is at the Allianz Arena against Red Star on the 18th of September.
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer, Sven Ulreich, Christian Früchtl and Ron-Thorben Hoffman
Defenders: Niklas Süle, Benjamin Pavard, Jérôme Boateng, Lucas Hernandez, David Alaba and Lars Lukas Mai.
Midfielders: Thiago Alcântara, Javi Martínez, Mickaël Cuisance, Leon Goretzka, Alphonso Davies, Joshua Kimmich, Corentin Tolisso, Sarpreet Singh, Oliver Batista Meier, Joshua Zirkzee and Daniels Ontužāns.
Forwards: Robert Lewandowski, Philippe Coutinho, Ivan Perišić, Fiete Arp, Serge Gnabry, Thomas Müller and Kingsley Coman.
Note that Joshua Kimmich is listed as a midfielder. Kimmich has started two out of three Bundesliga games as the number 6 role this season and Bayern supporters should get used to the idea of Kimmich playing in the midfield.
Also, I personally am disappointed Kwasi Wriedt wasn’t included. Bayern included centre-forwards such as Joshua Zirkzee and Fiete Arp before him which I found odd. Zirkzee and Arp are perhaps more versatile than Wriedt, but Wriedt has scored five goals for Bayern II this season which is half of the team’s total. Zirkzee and Arp’s future might look brighter, though not choosing Wriedt is ignoring his current form.